#1: Write the resignation letter
Even though a resignation letter might not be required, itâ€™s a nice touch, and writing one is the professional thing to do. The letter neednâ€™t be long. All it really need say is that youâ€™re resigning and the date of the resignation. Do you need to give a reason or disclose your new job? Itâ€™s up to you, if youâ€™re comfortable with it. In any event, avoid blasting or dumping on your boss or company. Try to find something good to say if you can and end with thanks for the job youâ€™re leaving.
#2: Be clear about your last day, but be flexible if necessary
In that resignation letter, or in your verbal announcement to your boss, be clear about your final date. In particular, avoid giving just a date alone, without more detail. If, for example, you say, â€œI am resigning on June 1,â€ what does that mean? Should the boss expect you to be there on June 1, or is your last day really the previous work day, or something else? I recommend an unambiguous statement such as, â€œI am resigning at the close of business June 1.â€
Be prepared to be flexible about that last day, though, because the boss might want you to finish an assignment, or least your part of an assignment.
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