If you’re thinking about whether you need to write a resignation letter, the answer is always yes, sis. If you do decide to leave, it’s worth it to make sure you depart on a positive note professionally to avoid burning bridges.

So, what are the circumstances in you which you write a formal resignation letter? Perhaps you’ve gotten a job offer you’ve had your hopes set on, and you can’t wait to drop that two weeks letter into your bosses hands. But don't get too eager, sis. Before you gear up to pack your stuff up and bounce, and publicly share your departure on social media, think about what kind of impression you want to leave behind.

The answer?  A good one.

Now that we are in agreement that you should have a classy exit, here's some advice on how to craft the perfect letter of resignation. While there are plenty of templates on the web out there,  try a formal one that gives your current employer or your boss a good idea of the details surrounding your departure from your current job.

Be straight to the point 

A good resignation letter is concise and straight to the point. They are not the place to show off your impressive writing skills, talk about what a tough decision this was for you or how you will be super happy at your other job. Being brief is the best option.

In your opening, clearly state that you are resigning and make sure that you specify your last day. Also, if you conduct an exit interview, always opt for giving constructive feedback about your experiences in your current position: what you liked and what you didn't like. It's also a good idea to provide them with a sense of that without getting a little unprofessional. 

Don't leave your employers hanging

Make sure you give them your best work up until you go.

Let your boss know that you’re trying to make the transition as smooth as possible. You are going to have to tweak this letter template depending on your specific situation — but these general rules always apply. 

Get what you are owed

When you tell your HR department that you're leaving, be sure to get the deets on benefits and salary that are entitled to have when you exit the company.

Do Tidy up loose ends

After you have given notice, clean up your computer and desk area. It is just a respectful thing to do for the next person in your job. Also, make sure you have the contact information for everyone you need to keep in touch with after you're gone.

Also, try to keep in mind that someday, you might need someone from your old company to write you a recommendation, so always act with grace and class, sis.

If you need some more inspiration and perhaps some visual representation, visit here for some examples.

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