Put In Your Two Weeks Notice
An official two week notice is the standard practice for announcing your resignation to your employer. A letter of resignation is the most common method used to give this notice. This article provides steps for giving your employer two notice using an official letter of resignation.
1. FIND OUT YOUR EMPLOYER’S POLICY FOR GIVING TWO WEEKS NOTICE.
Many companies have specific procedures for putting in a letter of resignation. Some companies require that the employee follow this specific resignation process in order to be entitled for the final paycheck and other termination benefits. So make sure you know your employers resignation process before putting in your two week notice. Your Human Resources department should be able to provide this information.
2. WRITE YOUR LETTER OF RESIGNATION.
The minimum that most employers require is an official letter of resignation. While the structure of this letter may differ based on the situation in which you are leaving, there are a 2 basic pieces of information that you’ll want to include: 1) your last day of work; and 2) information on contact you after you’ve left (i.e. so you can get your final check or other termination paperwork). Optional information for your letter of resignation can include : 3) the reason that you are leaving; 3) an offer to help out with the transition; 4) words of thanks for the opportunity; 5) how your employment with the company has benefited your career objectives; and 6) what the company could improve on. Number 6 may be especially helpful to your employer if you are leaving because of job-related problems. It may give them the opportunity to improve in some areas to decrease the likelihood that other employees may leave for the same reasons. If you don’t care anything about the company that you’re leaving and just want to do the minimum, including the items in 1 and 2 in your letter of resignation should be sufficient.
3. GIVE YOUR LETTER OF RESIGNATION TO THE APPROPRIATE PERSON.
Your company’s policies, if available, should clearly spell this out. If not, give the original letter of resignation to your direct supervisor and a copy to the Human Resources Department.
4. REMEMBER THAT YOU MAY NEED A REFERENCE FROM YOUR PREVIOUS EMPLOYER.
If you’ll be moving on to another position immediately or in the future, you’ll likely be required to provide references from your previous employers. Therefore, regardless of the situation in which you are leaving, try to write your letter of resignation as tastefully and respectfully as possible.