Regardless of why you’re quitting your job, you always want to leave on a good note. Even if your boss is the worst in the world and has made your life a living hell, remember to always, always, always leave a good impression behind you. You never know when you’ll need a reference or perhaps even need to return to that company. So never burn your bridges.
You should always provide a written resignation letter whenever you quit a job. Even if you tell your boss verbally that you are quitting, you should always follow it up with a written letter to go in your personnel file. I usually write my letter before I go to my boss, so I can hand it to him immediately.
You always want to give as much notice as possible when you resign from a job. Two weeks is usually considered absolutely minimum, but higher level positions will usually want at least a month. Give as much notice as possible without risking your new job. Be sure to check company policies, as length of notice may be tied to receiving accrued vacation benefits.
September 16, 2009
123 Work Street
Anywhere, WA 12345
Dear Mr. Boss,
Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from my position as Administrative Assistant from Acme Corporation. My final day will be on Friday, October 2, 2009. This is in excess of the two weeks required by company policy.
Thank you for all of the opportunities you have given to me during my tenure at Acme. I’ve learned a great deal here and will take that knowledge with me as I progress in my career.
I wish you all the best. Please let me know how I can help during this transition.
Depending on your relationship with your boss, your letter may be more or less formal. It’s up to you how you handle the letter. Just remember to keep it professional and upbeat.