Resign Gracefully

When you make the decision to leave your current company for any reason it is important to keep in mind that you are still working in that industry and may have ties to this company again sometime in the future.  You want to make sure that you leave in a way that fosters a continuance of that relationship.

Informing your current employer of your resignation takes tact and direction. If they inquire as to whom your new job is with, it is best to tell them that you cannot disclose that information until your new employer announces it within his or her own organization. The following sample letter is a good example of a professional resignation that is meant to keep your positive relationship in tact with your previous employer.


Dear ____,

Please accept this letter as my formal resignation as (Title) for (Company) to become effective as of (Date). I have accepted a position in (Location).

I believe this position will offer me more challenge and opportunity for advancement as well as allow me to broaden my own experience and knowledge.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your time and efforts in my training and advancement during the past (Time spent working there). The support and concern shown by you and the rest of the management team has been deeply appreciated.

I wish you and (Company) continued success, and will help with the transition during my remaining time here.


(Your Name)



Keep in mind that when you resign, a letter like this may result in a counteroffer. Be sure that you are prepared for what you will say in that event.  If you get caught off guard with a counteroffer, it may be flattering but be careful with your response.  You can refer to our previous blog “Is it Ever a Good Idea to Accept a Counteroffer?”