how to... WRITE A RES­IG­NA­TION LET­TER

Elle (Canada) - - Career -

In 2013, Fancy French­wood, a Seat­tle-based re­cruiter, sent her boss a res­ig­na­tion let­ter that in­cluded the fol­low­ing line: “I refuse to set­tle for any form of dis­re­spect or mal­treat­ment, par­tic­u­larly from in­di­vid­u­als whose only cred­i­bil­ity re­sides in their job ti­tle as op­posed to demon­strated ex­cel­lence and lead­er­ship.” She sent her let­ter to Forbes, which pub­lished it online—where it re­ceived a half a mil­lion views and also led to the fir­ing of sev­eral ex­ec­u­tives from her for­mer com­pany. French­wood went on to pub­lish a book, The Per­fect Res­ig­na­tion Let­ter: I Fired My Boss. Here are French­wood’s top five tips for writ­ing a worth­wile res­ig­na­tion let­ter: 1. KNOW WHY YOU’RE LEAV­ING. “Write down your rea­sons for mov­ing on. This will help you de­ter­mine whether your rea­sons are pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive. This process can also be a pow­er­ful cathar­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and al­low you to purge un­wanted emo­tions.” 2. AVOID “FEEL­ING” WORDS. “Don’t write that you are ‘dis­ap­pointed’ and ‘feel’ like your em­ployer didn’t pro­vide you with ad­e­quate re­sources to per­form your job. This will negate any chance of your let­ter be­ing taken se­ri­ously.” 3. THINK LONG- TERM. “This let­ter will re­main in your per­son­nel file, so be aware that a scathing let­ter about your boss’s in­ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship style will prob­a­bly burn a bridge. (But if that’s of no con­cern to you, then, in the words of Usher, ‘let it burn’!)” 4. GIVE YOUR­SELF TIME. “Once you write the let­ter, let it sit for a cou­ple of days. Have a friend or fam­ily mem­ber read it and give feed­back to get a sense of how oth­ers may per­ceive your mes­sage.” 5. HAND- DE­LIVER YOUR LET­TER. “Un­less you work re­motely, your res­ig­na­tion let­ter should be de­liv­ered in per­son—and be pre­pared to dis­cuss your rea­sons for leav­ing.” h

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