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Career experts say it's important for both employees and employers to have "peace of mind" when parting professional ways.

Unfortunately, the temptation when leaving a job on toxic terms is to turn that phrase around, and give your employer a "piece of your mind", instead. That's a bad idea, as a nasty job departure note can come back and sink its canines into your career.

That's the sentiment from Allison & Taylor, a professional reference checking firm, which wants everyone to calm down and come together in a kumbaya moment when employees leave a firm.

Case in point: Here are two partial examples of "appropriate" resignation letters Allison & Taylor wants you to write to part ways with your employer peacefully:

Example #1: Resignation due to bullying, harassment, age discrimination or sexual overtones

"As you may or may not be aware, some members of your management team do not adhere to appropriate company policy. Accordingly, I regretfully tender my resignation having experienced unsuitable corporate behavior."

Example #2: Resignation due to Philosophical Differences

"Please accept this as my official notice of my resignation.

As you are aware, over the last twelve months we have had numerous differences of opinion regarding best practices and goals for the company's global project.

Unfortunately, it is clear to me that you and I will be unable to resolve our differences. Therefore, I feel that my resignation is the best option for the team and all concern."

(For a look at both letters in full, visit Allison & Taylor here.)

Islin Munisteri, a career coach, and founder of Islin Ventures, offers another resignation letter blueprint, which he says he used himself in the past.

Here's the letter in its entirety:

Dear (name of manager),

Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning from my position as {position} with {company}. My last day will be {date}.

This was not an easy decision to make. The past five years have been very rewarding with {company}. I've enjoyed working for the company and contributing to a variety of very successful teams dedicated to improving the safety, production, and compliance of the company. {insert company values here}

Thank you for the numerous growth opportunities afforded to me during the past {time period of employment}.

I wish you and the company all the best. If I can be of any help during the transition, please don't hesitate to ask.

Sincerely, (Name)

The need for a fresh, compelling resignation letter cannot be underestimated, other career experts say.

"People are going leave a job on bad terms," says April Masini, a relationships and etiquette expert based in New York City. "If you do, don't get the last word in. It's sophomoric and it's bad manners. Simply say "thank you for this opportunity, and I look forward to seeing you in the future."

That's it. No digs. No finger pointing. And no, "You'll be hearing from my attorney," as a sign off.

Instead, find something nice to say, Masini advises. "Say, 'It was wonderful to be in a job this long!' or 'I've learned a lot,' or, 'I have fond memories,'" she says.

"Also, if you're leaving on your own rather than being fired, throw in an apology that's vague but meaningful," she adds. "For instance, don't say, Sorry I embezzled. I really didn't think someone like you would miss that $10,000. My bad.' Instead, 'I'm very sorry for any misunderstandings and am grateful for having had this opportunity.'"

Other career gurus advise ending a resignation letter on a positive note by thanking them for something valuable you got from the job. "It might be a skill you learned, some knowledge you gained, or an experience that benefited you in some way," says Annette Richmond, a resume writer and former job recruiter, based in Rowayton, Conn. "Dig deep - there is always something positive you can say."

Even when you're leaving a job on bad terms, there's no need to throw fuel on the fire by saying something negative about your boss, colleagues, or the company in general in your resignation letter, Richmond adds. "While you may not plan on using former colleagues as references, potential employers may end up speaking with them in the future," she says.

So take the high road and craft a positive resignation letter before you and your employer part ways. Consider it a career insurance policy, as you never know when a former employer can make or break better job opportunities down the road.

Lay out your resignation like a proper formal letter including your manager's Even if you are leaving the company on bad terms you need to.

The Perfect Resignation Letter

resignation letter on bad terms

How Do I Resign Successfully?

Congratulations are in Order!

You have made it to the end of the race and you have WON!  You have successfully located, applied for, interviewed and been made a firm offer that you are ready to accept. If you are at this point, you have ALREADY accepted the offer.  Next and equally important is providing closure and resignation, easier said than done.

Giving Current Employer Notice

You MUST give your current employer suitable notice, even if you dislike your company or your boss! The minimum is two weeks and it is usually given on a Friday, but it could be any day and extends to the Friday two weeks away. Your start date is therefor two weeks from the following Monday.

We have mentioned it elsewhere but it bears repeating. DO NOT offer to shortchange your current employer. The new employer may even ask you to try. This is a dangerous game. It can negatively affect your reference from the current employer. This may not feel important to you now, but if and when you leave the job you are going to in the future, this current employer WILL BE called. People have long memories and if you left on bad terms or if you shortchanged them on notice, that reference could be negatively affected. Doing it right is like money in the bank. Never Burn Your Bridges.

Letter of Resignation

This is also dangerous ground with some pitfalls that can be avoided. Never put anything in there you do not want referred to any time later. The letter goes on file and could be read by people in the future who did not know you or the circumstances at the time.

It should go like this:

Please accept my resignation as of (2 weeks notice)

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to have worked on this team. I think we would agree that it has been mutually beneficial.

Unfortunately, I have been offered a position that I believe will further my career and offers potential that is part of my long term plan. I have signed their employment contract and it is irrevocable.

Thank you again for the experience and opportunity to have worked with (your Current Company name)

Yours truly

Your Name

THAT’S IT – No More.

Sweet and Simple. It says thank you, goodbye, I can’t change my mind, and thank you again.

Handing in Your Resignation

This should be done in private; you should avoid telling anyone else before, if possible, because rumors spread like wildfire. It should be handed to your immediate supervisor, preferably on a Friday morning. Giving this to your supervisor is like delivering a BOMB. Three emotions may appear in them and the order they appear is not predictable, but they are all likely. SURPRISE, FEAR AND ANGER.

Surprise: Many times supervisors may have had hints that you are unhappy and dealt with them in the course of a normal day or perhaps you were very happy but came across a great job. Surprise is a natural reaction and you can almost guarantee it will appear. It is often quickly followed by Fear.

Fear: This one may not be very obvious to you but believe me it is VERY common. Why? Here is your supervisor, who may have had little or no idea that you might be looking. He or she is now faced with replacing you and, more importantly, they have to go and tell THEIR supervisor that you are quitting. It is their responsibility to run the team you are on and they have to report 1) that you are leaving and 2) they had no idea. It’s easy to look bad at this moment.

Anger: Whether now or later, this shows up in over 33% of the events. It sounds like this:

What do you mean you are resigning? After all I have done for you!! You know this is a very important time for us and you are just quitting! You can’t do this to me!

This is an understandable and a possible very normal response.

We tell people they are going to start a STORM when they drop that letter, and all they can do is KEEP QUIET and weather the storm.

Counter Offers

Counter offers are an attempt to postpone your leaving until it is considerably more convenient for the company. They ALMOST never work out in the employee’s favor. There have been many articles and commentary to support our views and in ten years of recruiting it is proven over and over.

But they ARE Tempting.

Often the company comes back to you and says something like, “Look, we are sorry we didn’t see this coming. You are very valuable to us and we had promotion and salary increase plans in place for the near future. What if we promote you now or promise to or raise your salary above what you are going to. Will you stay? The answer is NO, NO, NO!!

Because six months from now when the “plans changed” and they are more willing to let you go or, worse yet, encourage you to start looking, you will be kicking yourself for not following through.

Rule of Considering Counter Offers

Don’t Do it!

If the circumstances were so negative for so long that they prompted you to look for other employment, what makes you think things are going to REALLY change. In addition, you negotiated in good faith with the new company, you weighed all of the prospects and accepted their offer when presented. You DECIDED to leave and leave you should.

The resignation process takes courage and conviction. Do not worry, the notice period will go quickly and you will be off to start a new adventure and you didn’t burn any bridges in the process.

Exit Interviews

Another Landmine area!! When the situation was so negative that you actually were seeking alternative employment, it is either the situation or the people. All of the other people are still going to be working there. Near the end of your notice period, it is common for the company to do an exit interview. They tell you that it is an effort to learn whatever they can from an unfortunate situation. Be aware that these comments are included in your employee file at most companies and will be a part of your permanent record. It is almost irresistible to “finally tell them to their face” how stupid they have been or one of the managers is such a big problem. Be VERY diplomatic or say nothing. Any other choice come back to haunt you one day. You have changed your situation for the better and they will have to figure out the problems that they have. Do not risk future shaky references for a chance to “get it off your chest”

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Resign from a Job Because of a Personality Clash or Conflict of Values

resignation letter on bad terms

Dear Work It Out,

I work in a metal fabrication company and would like to resign. I'm quitting for the first time ever in my life and need some advice.

My questions are: What should I write in a resignation letter? And how many weeks notice should I give? I don't know the company's policy when it comes to quitting a job.

New job? Congratulations! You're on trend: This year, thanks to higher confidence levels and more opportunities, American workers are quitting their jobs at the highest rate since 2001.

Despite all the fretting that quitting can cause, it's usually a good move financially and personally. As bestselling management author Suzy Welch has said: "About six weeks after you quit, if not sooner, you'regoing to realize that you waited about six months too long to walk out the door. Your life is going to go on — only better."

Of course, before you can move on to (hopefully) greener pastures, it's important to resign gracefully from your current position. Business circles are small, and you don't want any bad Karma following you around.

Writing a clear and concise resignation letter is important, but don't skip the first step: It's best to schedule a time with your manager to break the news in person. Even better, give your boss some advance warning by saying you'd like to discuss "your future," so that they're not too surprised.

Then, in the meeting, you want to succinctly explain that you've decided to move on, express gratitude for the experience, and discuss an end date.

Two weeks notice is standard at most companies if you're an individual contributor, but know that it's the minimum you should provide. If you oversee a team or division, or if you're an integral part of a project and would be difficult to replace, you may want to provide several weeks or even months of notice, depending on the circumstances.

After this conversation, you should follow up with your official resignation letter or, since it's 2018, email. This will be forwarded to HR and possibly the higher-ups, and will be kept in your employee file.

While a resignation letter is not usually required, it's a nice gesture. You don't have to go into much detail, and your tone should be polite, professional and gracious. You should include:

  • Your intent to resign
  • Your last day
  • Your appreciation for what you've learned
  • An offer to help with the transition

For example, you might say:

Dear [Manager's Name],

I would like to inform you that I am resigning from my position as [Title] at [Company]. My last day will be [Date].

Thank you for the opportunity to learn [list some specific skills and growth areas] and to contribute to the team. I am so grateful for the experience and for your support.

Please let me know how I can help make the transition as smooth as possible. I wish you and the team continued success.

[Your Name]

You could include a sentence or so about why you're leaving and your future plans, but it's not necessary. Whatever you do, stay positive. It's not the time to list all your grievances against management.

In your final days or weeks on the job, fully commit yourself to the work and helping with the transition. You're often remembered by the way you leave, so be useful and be kind. You'll be able to walk out the door without any baggage.

Have a pressing career concern or question? Email me anonymously at [email protected] Submissions may be edited for length and clarity.

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Resignation Letter

resignation letter on bad terms

I’ve quit a few jobs in my life with a resignation letter. You probably have too. But when you resign from your position (yeah, the one that put food on your table) in an unprofessional manner, you’re a jerk.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the desire to ‘go out in style’ by flipping your boss the bird. But believe me, taking the low road by issuing a written highway salute gets you nowhere in your future career path fast. Former colleagues, bosses, and especially HR peops have a funny way of popping back into your life since many industries draw from a finite employment pool.

The trick to quitting any job, whether you love it or can’t wait to leave it, is to write a concise and classy resignation letter that keeps you connected and the door open for references, networking, and even future jobs.

Related: How to write a resignation example in three sentences.

Since no one wants to hire (or work with) an angry bridge burner, here’s how to ‘peace out’ from your position with more peace on the way out.

Five rules for writing a classy resignation letter:

1. Resignation Letter: Keep it short.

The point of a resignation letter is to resign. Period. So don’t list the million reasons why you’re leaving the job. Don’t write a thesis on why ‘The Company’ stinks. And never negotiate for better pay.


  • Let me list the 101 reasons why I hate working for you. But if you increase my pay by 15% I’ll stay another year.


  • Write a three-line resignation letter. Seriously.

My Resignation Example gets the job done in three sentences. Go on, count ’em. Quitters never had it so concise and on point. Go me.

2. Be positive, even friendly.

Did I mention that the point of a resignation letter is to resign? So airing grievances, defending your maybe vilified work, or ranting about that someone who did that mean thing won’t help you win friends and influence people, ever.

Resignation letters tend to become part of your permanent employee record, so being ‘That Angry Resigning Guy’ can make it impossible to ever land a job in that company again. People do work for previous employers, but only if they’re wanted back.


  • I quit. This job has sucked the life out of me for three long years. You don’t appreciate my work and I hate sitting next to the office printer.


  • Please accept this letter as my formal notice of resignation from [Employer Company Name] as a [Your Position].

Be professional, be friendly, and keep your letter positive. You’re leaving for greener pastures, after all. So leave, don’t grieve.

3. State your last day.

The most important part of resigning is stating when you plan to leave. Giving two weeks notice is standard, but some employers prefer a month.


  • I’m leaving this company effective immediately.


  • My last day of employment will be September 15, 2019.

Regardless of how much notice you give, be sure to state your last day in your resignation letter.

4. Don’t be funny.

Humor is a funny thing. When the jokes work, people smile. When the funny fails, people feel bad for you. There’s a time and place for flexing the funny, but your resignation letter is not an open stage on amateur night.


  • So long, and thanks for all the fish!


BTW: A former colleague really did cite The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in his resignation letter emailed to the entire freaking company. It was bad. Like, really uncomfortable. So unless you’re planning on leaving Earth with the entire dolphin population, please leave Douglas Adams out of your farewell letter.

5. Say, “Thank You!”

Being a nice person to other people has its perks. Nice people get awesome customer service, and nice people are more often considered for amazing opportunities in any economy in the future. And hey, managers, bosses, and those with hiring power switch companies and jobs too — so if you’re a jerk in quitting a previous position, it may come back to bite you.

Saying “Thank You” to your past employer for employing you makes you a better person and taking the high road doesn’t distance you from getting hired in the future.


  • I can’t believe anyone wants to work for this company.


  • Thank you for the opportunity to work for such an outstanding organization.

Don’t be a jerk when writing your letter of resignation. Be nice and someone may hire you when you most need to be hired.



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