Quitting Time: What To Write In Your Letter Of Resignation

Dear J.T. & Dale: Two weeks ago, I was told that my position as a part-time concierge was being eliminated. The company offered to reduce my hours from 27.5 per week to 12 per week, but that isn’t feasible. Should I still write a letter of resignation? Should I include their offer and my not being able to accept it? - Kim

J.T.: Because they are changing your hours and you aren’t accepting, you’re technically quitting your job. This is a situation where I would ask your current management if they even want a resignation letter. If they do – and they probably do, as proof that you are quitting, not being fired – then I would suggest that you include the reasons why. That way, if you want to work there again, they’ll see that you left because you wanted to work more, not less.

DALE: There’s something much better to put in that resignation letter – namely, “I’m leaving because I found a much better job.” I know that isn’t true at the moment, but I hope you will make it so. I’d urge you to stay in the job while you search.

Given the meager number of hours you’ll be working, it shouldn’t interfere with your job search, and searching while having a job has many advantages – not just the income to buy you more time and thus more negotiating leverage, but it’s also true that many employers are skeptical of those out of work.

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