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Advice on how to write a resignation letter?

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  1. Dog Welder

    Dog Welder Turbo Monkey

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    I'm resigning from my current job and have no idea how to write one without bruising egos or burning bridges. Any hints?
     
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  2. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    I suggest Haiku.

    Had a real great time
    Thanks for all lessons learned, but
    This job sucks goat balls.
     
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  3. Rip

    Rip Mr. Excitement

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    I would leave a tape or cd with Johnny Paycheck's Take This Job and Shove It as the only song.
     
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  4. MTBstud12

    MTBstud12 Monkey

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    Is PSP involved in this again...
     
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  5. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    It is never a good idea to write anything other than "pursuing other opportunities" "it pains me to leave but I feel this move will greatly accelerate my career goals" crap like that.

    I've read 100s of exit interviews - those that rant about coworkers or working conditions usually just highlight their own professional weaknesses.

    Your letter of resignation needs to be 3 sentences:

    1) Your name, date of hire & current position.
    2) State your intention along with a brief "reason".
    3) Finish with the date of your pending action.

    That is all. :)
     
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  6. buildyourown

    buildyourown Turbo Monkey

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    No doubt. It always cracks me up when bosses want to know why you are leaving and what they can do to make you stay.
    If I'm quiting, chances are, I've completely given up on your organization. Why would I want to help you in any way.

    You resignation letter should be nothing more than a polite way of giving them your notice in writing. Specifically, what day will be your last.
     
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  7. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    "So Long and Thanks for the Fish "
     
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  8. BadDNA

    BadDNA hophead

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    F*** you, f*** you, f*** you, you're cool, f*** you, I'm out!
     
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  9. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Do say anything , just one day Stop showing up , se how long it takes til they figure it out and fire you. bet it will take a couple of weeks.
     
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  10. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I have always been straight up and wished the company well. Don't burn bridges and just be honest about it.

    I left in August and was back in January.
     
  11. BikeMike

    BikeMike Monkey

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    You could always just disappear and leave only a post-it note saying you won't be back. Some dude did that just last week at my work, and it worked pretty well. At the very least it's entertaining for your former colleagues.
     
  12. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    I would just leave a sign that said "Croatan" and take off.
     
  13. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    At least you'll get a free lunch out of it from your coworkers, despite the fact you're telling them you no longer want to work with them.

    If you were fired, they would not give you a nicely written letter and there would be no free lunch.
     
  14. blue

    blue boob hater

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    My last resignation letter. I worked there three months, had no use for the reference, and wanted to kill every living human by the time I was done. Names edited for WP programs.

     
  15. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Haha, I think someone just earned a custom title.
     
  16. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I loved my job, but I wasn't in-love with it. It's not you, it's me. It's better for you if I leave. You'll understand one day.


    What were we talking about?
     
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    Dear ______,
    Please consider this to be notice of my termination of employment with ______________, effective no later than March 10, 2008.
    I have enjoyed my association with ________ as well as the opportunities I have been presented with during my employment. It has been quite the pleasure to work with so many interesting, dedicated professionals.

    Regards,

    Greg Meyer.


    There's the letter I turned in a few days ago. No need to make it longer, where/why you're going is really none of their concern.
     
  18. blue

    blue boob hater

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    no.

    12345
     
  19. dante

    dante Unabomber

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    shouldn't you carve it into the wall with a knife instead??
     
  20. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    Oh yes. Much better than "Premium Member."
     
  21. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    Walk up to your boss slowly looking him/her directly in the eye. Hand him/her a note that says:

    "LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU!"

    As soon as he/she reads it, turn and run like hell. Never come back.
     
  22. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    I laughed out loud when I saw that you had responded to this thread.
     
  23. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    Finger paint it on the door........with a mixture of blood and semen.
     
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    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    Belonging to whom?
     
  25. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    The letter is just a formality. You should have a conversation with your boss about it first, this is where you don't burn bridges. Be polite and professional, the same goes for the letter.
     
  26. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    Yeah, I've done lot's of thinking...
     
  27. dan-o

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    Did you ever get that year end bonus?
     
  28. Da Peach

    Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    Yep.

    Now I'm on the verge of quitting my new job. Live and learn. Devil you know vs. devil you don't I guess...
     
  29. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    :stupid:

    So which job are you leaving? And where are you going?
     
  30. $tinkle

    $tinkle Expert on blowing

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    my name's not that long, & it makes for bad leftovers
     
  31. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    Walk in.
    Drop pants.
    Exclaim loudly "I'm out bitches"

    Stroll confidently out the door with your pants around your ankles.
     
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    BMXman I wish I was Canadian

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    2nd that...I have found it's the best way to do it...D
     
  33. Austin Bike

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    Assume that one day that will be faxed to a future prospective employer.

    That's the best rule.
     
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    I don't know as I have ever found the need to write a letter of resignation. You walk in, inform your boss politely, and arrange for the transition.
     
  35. SK6

    SK6 Turbo Monkey

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    It's simple....


    "Go fvck yourself!"



    Simple...and yet effective.
     
  36. Potroast88

    Potroast88 YouTube Boy

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    Try this....

     
  37. Serial Midget

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    My company requires written resignation for company bonded salaried employees.
     
  38. eric strt6

    eric strt6 Resident Curmudgeon

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    I got pissed off at a dip**** boss once

    I left that night and went to kinkos and grabbed a fax cover sheet this is what I sent to the fax machine

    To Larry A

    Effective 10/2/90 [Today] I quit
    you will find my office keys in a box to the right of my monitor
    my final time card is in your in box
    send my check to [my home] I expect it to be recieved in 3 working days

    Eric

    I then showed up late to an employee after hours beer and bitch fest to tell them that their manager had just quit. They demanded that I load all of them into Daves VW van and being the only sober person drive them to Kinkos so that they could do the same. All 14 of us quit that night

    Classic

    dave was the only one that didn't fax in his resignation as he had requested to be the last man standing so that he could watch the bosses face as he read the faxes, dave said he looked like he was going to have a stroke. Larry said well Dave it's just you and me but we can do this. Dave looked him in the face and said I don't think so Asshole "I quit" and handed him a fax sheet cracked a beer and walked out.......mother beautiful