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Resigning From a Position

Resigning from a position is never easy. Whether you loved the job or despised it, you should always leave on a high note and resign tactfully. Sometimes this is hard to do, but if you keep it simple and professional, you shouldn't have any issues or "burn bridges".

A termination letter should be a one page, to the point document that informs your employer of your decision to terminate employment. The letter should be made out to your direct supervisor and give a termination date (usually two weeks from date on letter). You should also briefly thank your employer for your experiences and your current manager for the leadership provided. Regardless of how you really feel, this letter will be included in your file and it should bea positive one (see link to example). In fact, leaving tactfully can be a major benefit to you.

Keeping a resignation simple and professional can lead to references from that employer, future business opportunities, and eligibility for rehire. All of these things are important to consider when terminating because you never know what the future holds for your new career. You should also consider that you will still need the employer to cooperate with you for at least two weeks once you do submit a letter of resignation.

Once you submit your two week notice (standard timeline for termination) you should immediately gather all pertinent separation information. Make sure you understand the benefits that are offered upon termination of employment for example the COBRA, 401K Roll-Over, and Employee Stock Purchase Plan or Grants Policy. Check with payroll to see how much vacation or sick pay you have accrued and make sure that this going to be paid out upon termination. Also make sure you understand what items need to be returned to your employer and if applicable, the guidelines for a non-compete. Finally, print off or get all W-2 information/the last 3 pay-stubs and sales documentation (awards, rankings, percent to quota, letters of recommendation, etc.) from your employer for future position. Gathering this information during your last two weeks of employment is much easier than having to go back once your employment has been terminated.

In conclusion, resigning from a position can be a scary, yet exciting time. However, if you keep it simple and professional parting ways with your current employer should be a straight forward and a positive experience.
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