I Resign....


I Resign.

When it’s time to move on, do it with class.

I Resign.

After all this time, research, applicants, rejection emails, and interviews you have decided to accept a position! Congratulations! What an exhilarating feeling full of adrenaline and hope. You are so excited working out all the details and minutia that you completely forgot you have to actually resign your current and soon to be previous position.

A lump forms in your throat.

Your first reaction is “I’m going to let them have it!” and “I’m going to tell them exactly why I am leaving!” Then you eventually think, “I’ll be a hero. I will write to the president of the company and tell him how to run his company! This will fix it for all my colleagues.” That will show them. They don’t know what they are losing.

This is quite the normal reaction when you are empowered with choices and the resolution that you are closing one chapter and moving on. While these are all great ideas, a resignation letter is NOT the place for this discussion. The professional arena is an incredibly small world. One day, when you are calm and not full of emotion, you can channel your ideas, commentary, and suggestions to the right place. I will repeat:

Your resignation letter is not the place for grievances.

So what do you put in a resignation letter? Glad you asked.

At Academy & Apothecary, we assist clients with all their professional writing needs.

This is the format we recommend:

[Your Full Name]

[Your Address Street]

[City, State, Zip Code]

[Phone number]


Today’s Date

[Name of direct report, Boss]

[Title of direct report, Boss]

[Company name]

Dear [Name of Boss]

I am writing to provide you with my formal notice of resignation from [name of company].  My last day will be {Last day date], approximately [number] weeks from now.

This was not an easy decision to make, and I appreciate your support over the course of my employment at [Name of Company].  I truly value the experience, training, and knowledge I gained over the past [number] years. It has been a pleasure working with you and the rest of team at [Name of Company].

Please let me know how I can help during this transition. I wish you all the best as [Name of Company] continues to grow.



[Your Full Name, and Credentials]

[Your title at the company]

[The Company Name]

Keep it short, simple, professional, and to the point.

Remember to print it out. Sign it and hand it in with enough time to cover your professional duties, which is generally no less than 2 weeks but can also be much longer than that.

You never know when your lives will cross paths again. You’ve always heard not to burn bridges. This is the bridge they are talking about. Go out with class and style and show them the professional that you are. When you get the chance to express your thoughts on the company, work conditions, or your boss, you will know when the time is right. But it’s not in writing and not on your way out.

Ashley Gulyas, PharmD

Owner and Pharmacy Writer

Academy and Apothecary