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A letter of resignation is written to announce to human resources, superiors, and co-workers an employee's intent to leave his or her current position.
A resignation letter not only describes the employee's intent to leave, but also provide information about the last day worked and other details. This makes the transition easier for both employer and employee. Often, resignation letters will also offer to help in the transition, whether it be recruiting or training the new replacement. In this way, both the employee and the employer can leave the situation with closure and a sense of respect and amicability. In order to maintain a positive and graceful exit, a letter of resignation often thanks the employer for the opportunities provided and mention experiences gained at the company or how the employee enjoyed their time there, all of which is covered in this letter.
Finally, a polished and professional resignation letter increases the chance of the employer making a positive reference, and also serves official notice of the termination of employment with the company.
How to use this document
This document may be used once the employee has decided to leave his or her current position. It is polite to send this letter out well in advance, or as required by contract or by the law.
The document will ensure that you provide the necessary and relevant details to produce a formal, yet amicable, resignation letter.
There are no laws outlining what must be put into a letter of resignation. However, in the area of employment law, the federal government has jurisdiction over employment laws for specific works and undertakings within exclusive federal constitutional jurisdiction, such as shipping, railways, broadcasting, airlines and banks. Many employment relationships, however, do not come within exclusive federal jurisdiction and are governed by the law of the province in which they are located.
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