Unemployment paperwork

Write a resignation letter

If you are particularly sorry to be leaving, you may want to add an extra sentence or two thanking your boss for the opportunities you have been given and expressing your regret.

If you are resigning because you are unhappy with your job or as a result of unsatisfactory working conditions or circumstances in the workplace, think carefully about the benefits of airing your reasons for leaving.

You might feel differently after you have more time to cool off. Ultimately, you will regret anything you relay in the heat of the moment, so do not go into detail in your resignation letter. Instead, simply state your intention to resign. Keep it simple and to the point. There is no need to elaborate or commit bitterness to paper.

If you can, try to leave on a positive note. To do this, focus on the positive experiences you’ve had with the company. Chances are you met some great people, learned new skills, picked up valuable experience and had the opportunity to make a positive difference in your position with the company.

Should you leave your job before you get another one?

Every situation is unique and personal, so there isn’t really a right or wrong answer. It’s always a safer decision to leave a job with another one lined up due to the risks of leaving spontaneously. That being said, if you’re financially prepared to take some time off, it can be a good idea to step back to focus on your next move.

It’s highly likely you’ll need to share a reason for your resignation. Your boss will probably want to know why you’re resigning and your future employer will be interested in what motivated you to look elsewhere. You should always be tactful when speaking about your decision to leave your current position. Doing so will help you remain on good terms with your soon-to-be previous employer.

“I’m changing career paths”
“I’ve been given a better opportunity elsewhere”
“My job has altered due to organizational changes”
“I’m navigating family circumstances”
“I’m experiencing health issues”

“I think I may be fired”
“I’m bored at work”
“I don’t get along with my co-workers”
“I don’t like your boss”
“The job is too hard”
“I haven’t been given a promotion”
“Friends/family have told me to quit”

What to Do Before You Quit

Laid-off businesswoman commuter riding bus with box of belongings

Before you submit your resignation to your boss, make sure you are prepared to leave. However, you don’t want to give any indication that you’re moving on, like taking your photos off your desk or pictures off the wall. Quietly clear out your desk and clean up your computer.

Be sure to save any files you want to Google Drive, or elsewhere online, or email copies to yourself. You may not have access to your computer once you turn in your resignation, so have copies of everything you need before you tell your boss that you’re quitting.