Are you quitting your job to travel abroad? Congratulations! That's a big, exciting decision. As with any resignation, it's best to write a letter to your employer to formally resign.
Why Write a Resignation Letter
If you search the Internet, you can find round-ups of "epic" and "hysterical" resignation letters. It might feel tempting to send a no-holds-barred frank summation of your time at the company, and flaunt how happy you are to be leaving. That would be a mistake. You don't really want your resignation letter to wind up on one of those Internet lists. It could harm your future employment opportunities.
Writing a resignation letter is one of the final impressions you'll leave on your employer — aim to make it a good one. Along with being an important professional gesture, a resignation letter serves as your official notice. Writing this letter helps ease the transition for both you and your manager.
What to Include in Your Resignation Letter
Along with stating that you will be resigning, the most important information to share is your last day of employment. (Ideally, provide the company with at least two weeks' notice.) As well, it's customary to express appreciation for the opportunity. While it's common to offer to help during the transition, it's not required. Keep the letter brief and to the point.
Avoid complaints and criticisms in your resignation letter. A resignation letter is a formal document that may be placed in your employee file and consulted if the company is ever asked to provide you with a reference. Ultimately, this is an HR communication, so it's best to be professional in your message.
Resignation Letter Sample - Travel Abroad
Use the resignation letter sample below to advise your employer that you are resigning to travel abroad. You can download the letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online), and customize the letter to fit your own circumstances.
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Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:
I am writing to inform you that I am resigning from the company. I have loved my time here at XXT and I will look back on my job fondly, but I have decided to take some time away from work to travel abroad.
I am giving my two weeks notice and my last day will be June 15th. I hope I can be of assistance in the replacement process. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
The opportunities and experiences I have had here at XXT have been irreplaceable, and I appreciate your acceptance and understanding. Thank you again for all your help during my time within the company. I wish you all the best and I hope to keep in contact.
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Sending an Email Message
If you’re emailing your resignation letter, be sure to proofread, double-check that you have all the information you need, and send yourself a test message.