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Why you should write a resignation letter when you quit your job.

A resignation letter might seem dated, but it serves an important purpose.

While you may be excited to start your next job, you have to resign from your current one first. The best method of resignation is an in-person meeting or a video call, but don’t overlook the importance of writing a formal letter of resignation.

It may seem like an outdated idea—especially in a day when informal forms of communication are everywhere—but submitting a letter of resignation is still recommended even if an in-person meeting or a phone call has already taken place, says Erica Alioto, global head of people for the cloud-based writing assistant Grammarly.

“The letter not only serves as formal documentation, but it also helps keep HR organized when they need to reference details like last day of employment, offers to assist in the transition, and personal contact information,” she says. “HR can use the formal resignation letter as a guiding star during what can feel like a hectic process.”

WHEN TO SEND A RESIGNATION LETTER

The time to turn in a resignation letter is immediately after speaking with your manager. “No matter when the last day of employment is, employers will be put in a reactionary position as they try to fill a vacating role,” says Alioto. “Helping them through this process by communicating empathetically and in a timely manner is essential.”

EMAIL VERSUS A WRITTEN LETTER

Letters of resignation can be sent as emails or printed out and delivered to your managers and to the HR department, says Alioto.

“With many people working remotely right now, an email is likely the fastest and most reliable way to deliver the letter,” she says. “One advantage of hand-delivering the letter is knowing it was received on time, rather than potentially getting lost in an inbox.”

Read the complete Fast Company article BY STEPHANIE VOZZA: https://www.fastcompany.com/90684471/why-you-should-write-a-resignation-letter-when-you-quit-your-job

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