Money & Career

Letter of Resignation: Don’t Create a Negative Perception

letter of resignation

The best way to prevent writer’s block when we sit down to write a letter of resignation is to read examples of these very letters to get our juices flowing. The objective is to always remain genuine and appreciative to all of those that have contributed to your professional journey and even to you personally from lessons you may have learned working alongside them. To help readers become inspired, I am providing an example of a letter of resignation in this article.

I hope that it lends to touching your heart in a way that you can reflect on the good and even great that your soon-to-be previous employer has provided, even if you hated the job. We should all look for the positive, even if it’s something relatively minimal during your time with this employer. We must all strive to leave things on a high note and follow the golden rule of never burning a bridge.

You never know whose path you may cross down the road and how things may come around. With that, swallow your pride if necessary and be the leader and the example of how you should show up. After all, 90% of life is perception hence perception becomes a reality. Never allow anyone to create a negative perception of you that becomes lip service. Always take the high road.

Friends and Colleagues,

Today is my last day with (insert company name). I smiled as I selected each of your names to include on this distribution list, realizing how blessed I am to have worked with such a stellar group of people. I was amazed by how many of you I had the opportunity to work with over the last (insert numeric amount) years! Some of you are close friends, others are more distant co-workers, and I have not worked with some of you for several years. Still, I included you, even if I had to track down your contact info, because I learned from you, appreciated your leadership, and enjoyed your friendship. You were a part of my (Insert Company Name) experience. So, I want to thank you for investing in me, personally and professionally, and making(Insert Company Name) such a wonderful place to work. The best thing about this fabulous career for me has always been the people, and that includes you!

Share a personal or professional update like option 1 or 2 below:

1. We have welcomed a new baby into our family for those of you who may not know. I look forward to spending quality time with Jordan as I have been reminded that motherhood is the most challenging career of them all.

2. My next step professionally is one that I view with great optimism as the next natural stepping stone of my career and learning process. I am confident that the foundation I am taking with me from (Insert company name) has prepared me well. I am grateful to all of you for this.

Would you please keep my contact info in the updated signature below?  If we haven’t been in touch, this is a great time to reply and bring me up to date! I would love to hear from you.

For the (Insert department name), I’ll be rooting for you! For everyone, I pray that God will bless you and your families with his very best for you all.

Be Well,


Jaclyn Strauss, CPA is a mid-level executive for a Fortune 100 company with multiple passions.  She is the founder of her own company called 2nd Vault and has become a leading efficiency expert by putting her skills and knowledge to work by creating a secure place for families to digitally organize themselves with the thinking done for them. Jaclyn leads with her heart in all that she does and has a passion to serve the greater good of her local community and beyond.

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