Changing jobs is just a part of life. Statistics show that most people will have as many as twelve jobs between the ages of 18 and 50. So yes, knowing how to leave a job is just as important as knowing how to get into one. No matter the circumstances of why you are leaving your job, you should make sure that you do it in the most professional way possible.

5 Things That You Need to Include in Your Letter:

  1. Your intent to resign.
  2. The date of when you will hand in your letter and the date of your last day.
  3. A short statement about how you are appreciative of the opportunity to work there.
  4. An offer to help with the transition.
  5. Your full name and signature.

Make Sure Your Boss Hears It From you First

You may be tempted to tell all your favorite coworkers about your new opportunities, but the last thing you want is your boss finding out before you tell them with your letter. When your boss is the last to know, it can come off as inconsiderate and disrespectful.

Remember, You Still Have Two Weeks to Go

Don’t write or say anything passive aggressive when you hand in your notice. You still have two weeks there, and you don’t want to get fired before that. It will save you more trouble to just avoid projecting any negative feelings you may have all together. Be the bigger person.

Use A Template

There are a lot of examples of notice letters around the internet. Here is our example that you are free to use:


[Your Full Name]

To [Supervisor’s Name],

I would like to inform you of my intention to resign as [Job Title] at [Company Name], effective [Date of Departure.]

Thank you for the opportunities [A Short Salutation – Avoid going into detail about where you’re going and why you’re leaving.]

Please let me know what assistance you will require from me during the transition period.

Thank you,


[Printed Name]

You never know if you’ll need a recommendation from your company after you leave. Resigning in a professional manor will always keep that door open.

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