How to Write a Letter of Resignation
by Glenda Propst
If you make the decision to leave a job for whatever reason, it is important to write a letter of resignation. A letter of resignation finalizes your notice and gives your employer solid information about your last days as their employee.
Before you write your resignation letter you should review your work agreement and be sure that you are within the perimeters of your work agreement in how much notice you are giving and any other important details that could be called into question.
A letter of resignation should include an opening, a statement (preferably something kind about your time with the family) your last day and what you can offer during this time frame.
A letter of resignation should not include anything negative in it. Refrain from telling your employer if you were unhappy in your job and refrain from offering parenting advice. This is also not the time to try to blame anyone for why things went wrong.
Here is an example of a resignation letter.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jones
It is with regret, sadness, and respect that I must write and submit this resignation letter to you. It has been such a pleasure to work for you the last four years. Getting to know your family and watching the children grow and develop has truly been wonderful.
While I was not seeking a new position, the opportunity to start with a newborn was presented to me. Since the twins will be going to Kindergarten in the fall of 2013, I know that you will no longer need my service. I know that this was what you and I had discussed but with the market the way that it is, I feel I have to do what is best for my future and I believe that it is in my my best interest to accept this position with a newborn. This will give me the stability I need for the next few years.
My last day with your family will be September 1, 2012. In your search for a new nanny, I am available to help transition the new nanny and help with anything else you need at this time.
I would appreciate it if you could also give me a letter of reference for my files for future reference.
Your family is very dear to me and I hope that we can have a smooth transition and I will be able to continue to be part of their lives.
Your resignation letter does not have to be this flowery, it can be short sweet and to the point just don’t use a resignation letter as an opportunity to “clear the air or get some things off your chest.”
A resignation letter simply serves as official notification that you are leaving your job.
You should give your employer a copy and keep one for yourself.
Special thanks to Nanny Bridgette for her help with this article.