Stan Gardner and Associates, Inc.
Stan Gardner and Associates, Inc.

How to Resign with Class

A sample resignation letter is shown below. Once you have accepted a new position, consider the following:

Do Not Delay - give your notice on the day you make your decision.

Keep it Professional - focus on your new opportunity.

Keep Your Distance - they do not have a right to know where you are going.

Write it Down - hand your boss a resignation letter before talking.

Request Confidentiality - inform only those that need to know.

Don't Listen to Counteroffers - they are for the benefit of employers, not employees.


Dear Immediate Supervisor,

Please accept this letter as my formal resignation as Your Current Title from Your Present Employer. I have accepted another career opportunity.  I, as well as my family, believe my new position will offer increased challenges, opportunity and financial rewards.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you and all my other acquaintances at Present Employer for your support in the past and trust that my association has been meaningful.

This has not been an easy decision, or one based on short term thinking, and therefore I am not open for a counter offer.

I leave Present Employer with wonderful memories; but renewed enthusiasm and excitement for the future.