Resignation Letter for Career Growth

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Writing a resignation letter is not required, but it is recommended. This letter will remain on file even after you are no longer at the company. It serves as a record of your last day and other important information. A polite, professional resignation letter helps to leave a lasting positive impression on your manager and the human resources department. 

One common reason for resigning is that your job no longer provides the opportunities you're seeking for growth in your career. Whether using email or snail mail, a resignation letter is important for informing your employer that you are terminating your employment, sharing when your last day will be, and more. Understand what information to include within it and use this one letter as inspiration for your own.

Letter Template

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email

Date

Name
Title
Organization
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

Please consider this my resignation letter from my position as HR Assistant at Manufly Communications, effective July 31st.

The past four years at Manufly have been incredible. I have enjoyed working here and feel that I am leaving with a great deal of experience. However, I have expressed my interest to move up the ladder many times over the years, and I see that this position does not have as much room for growth as I had originally anticipated. I feel that I need to move on and seek a position that allows for more responsibility and professional career growth. 

Being your assistant has been very enjoyable over the last few years, but sadly I must move on in order to do what is best for me and my career. I hope to stay in touch and I want to thank you again for the time we shared together. I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

Your Signature  (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

What Information to Include

The most important information to include in your resignation letter is the fact that you are resigning. Right after that, you should specify your last day. Ideally, you will provide two weeks notice, although this isn't always possible. Typically, you'll include both of these pieces of information in the first sentence of your resignation letter. 

Thank your former employer for the opportunity. Sharing the reason you are resigning isn't necessary, but as you can see in the example above, you can include details if you would like. It can also show some consideration to mention plans for the transition, specify your availability during the two weeks notice period, and/or time immediately following. 

Avoid being negative, despite whatever legitimate frustrations you have with the company, your colleagues, or your direct manager. This letter is not the place to air your grievances. It will likely wind up in your file, and be looked at if a potential employer calls for a reference check to verify your start and end dates.