Even though your present employer requires a certain amount of "notice" time before you leave (two weeks is typical), there may be no formal duty on your part to put it in writing or explain why you're leaving.
That being the case, why would you want to write a resignation letter to begin with?
Many professionals agree that submitting a formal resignation letter, even if it's a short one, demonstrates your professionalism and respect for the company. If your employer requires two weeks or more notice, writing a resignation letter will help establish a paper trail. It will also serve as a formal start to the process in case there are any legal hiccups (which are extremely rare) with incorrectly processing your final paycheck and benefits on the last day of the month.
What Do I Do Now That I've Resigned?
To begin, show respect and decency toward your manager by delivering your resignation letter in person. In the event that you are unable to wait, or if you are working from a distance or for any other reason, the phone is the next best alternative. However, it is uncommon in most organizations to follow up on or complement that talk with an official letter of resignation later.
An email is often adequate (and permanent) proof of a job resignation if you want to be sure you have a paper trail. An email is more reliable than a piece of paper because it cannot be "lost" and you may send a copy of the message to yourself.
Instead of sending or emailing your boss your resignation letter, submit it to your HR department or give it to a member of the HR staff (which can appear unnecessarily official). Your last day of work must be documented precisely because you are entitled to all of your wages and benefits up until that point in time.
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