Taking the Stress Out of Resignations

Congratulations on your new job!

As you head into a chat with your boss, here are a few tips for a seamless and stress-free resignation:

  • Schedule your resignation meeting immediately. The sooner you resign, the better you will feel and your boss will be appreciative of the notice to help plan your transition.
  • Have a sample resignation letter written (sample below).
  • Be professional. Express gratitude to your employer. But be brief and confident. In most cases you boss will be understanding and supportive of your growth.
  • Give appropriate notice. Two weeks is customary, but be sure to check your employment contract.
  • Have small list of your current project and responsibilities. You employer will greatly appreciate your help in the transition and this will certainly help the conversation to go more smoothly.
  • Be prepared to receive a counteroffer and politely decline. You have put a lot of effort into interviewing and finding this new role for a reason!
  • Ask your boss how your resignation will be communicated to the team so you know how and when you should alert colleagues.


January 1, 2022

Dear Employer,

I am writing to share that I am moving on from my position as XYZ and ABC Company. I grateful and appreciative of the education and growth I have gained during my time at ABC, and please know that I have valued my time with the team enormously.

My final day of employment will be January 1, 2022. I will work closely with my management and team to ensure a seamless transition. 

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s anything additional I can do to set everyone up for success over the next 2 weeks.

Many thanks and all the best,