Zenefits: How to Write a Resignation Letter

*This blog post is an excerpt from an article that I wrote for Zenefits. You can find the original here.

When most people resign from a job, they’re often eager to move on to the next exciting step in their careers. Some might be tempted to hop from one place to the next without much attention to what lies between, or how to properly close the door on a current position in an amicable way. But there is a right way and a wrong way to resign. And the right way starts with a well-crafted resignation letter.

Since the choices you make here could affect your career in the future, let’s look at the most common questions employees ask about writing a resignation letter.

What is a resignation letter?

A common misperception that some employees have is that the resignation letter is the first step in quitting a job. It’s not. (Or it shouldn’t be.) Before submitting your letter, sit down with your boss privately and let him or her know that you’re planning to leave and when.

The resignation letter is a formal document that you submit to your boss and HR, officially resigning from your position.

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