Things You Should Not Disclose In Resignation Letter

There are various elements that make a great resignation letter that rewards the individual with a good recommendation and a better career. Sadly, there are also elements that should be avoided and excluded. These are things, if included in the letter, will have a negative impact on peers and the current employer, and progressing career-wise will be elusive.

Discussed Bellow are the things not to be disclosed in writing a resignation letter:


Emotions are innately a part of human nature. They are responsible for great accomplishments, but, unfortunately, they are also the major cause of downfall. This is also true in writing resignation letters. Try to control the compulsive urges brought about by emotions, and as much as possible, try to present neutral emotions when writing a resignation letter.


Do not leave an impression of guilt on the resignation letter. Always show firmness and at the same time courtesy. Guilt connotes indecisiveness, and a character reference will be elusive. It will also imply that you can be bargained with, when it comes to your resignation. You have to demonstrate that your decision is final.

Ranting On Colleagues

It is ill-advised to rant on colleagues on the resignation letter, for this illustrates the inability to adapt and get along with other people in the workplace. It is a sign of weakness, and most organizations look for team players not individuals only concerned with personal gains. Although friction cannot be avoided in any company, it will be a good show of character to set aside differences and make amends or at least be civil before the resignation takes effect.

Ranting On Supervisors

It is ill-advised to rant on supervisors on the resignation letter, for this demonstrates a problem with authority, which is viewed as a liability by all organizations. Although, like with colleagues, is unavoidable in any company, it will be a good show of character to still recognize the supervisor’s position, and try to end up in amicable terms before the resignation takes effect. A supervisor will also have the power to make things harder on the individual resigning. This reality is unfortunate, but is a reality nonetheless, and negating the friction will be vital.

Criticizing The Employer

At all costs, do not harangue the employer in the resignation letter. This will have dismal effects, and may even lead to a blacklisting from the future employer or worse the industry. No employer will tolerate this course of action. Remember, they are at the top for a reason. Criticism on the letter will appear insulting, and they do have the power and may very well choose to sabotage your career.


Do not imply or suggest in the resignation letter that you are open to counteroffers. Even if the current employer offers a flattering counteroffer, this implies that your loyalty has a price. Your decision must be firm. You may have declined the offer, which others may view as foolish, but your reputation will still be in tact.

Appearing Unprofessional

Everything done inside the office should be done becoming of a professional. This also applies to writing the resignation letter. You were hired as a professional, and you will leave as a professional with your head held up high. Appearing unprofessional will not land a good recommendation and subsequently a career.

Not Specifying The Effective Date

Neglecting to set the usual two weeks notice in the resignation letter, or immediate resignation will have negative connotations to character. An immediate resignation will not give the employer enough time to look for a replacement, and it shows the lack of concern to finish what was left off. It also shows disrespect to the current employer.

Expect A Letter Of Recommendation

Do not imply to expect or demand in the resignation letter for a letter of recommendation. Doing so will illustrate over confidence and arrogance. It is proper to politely ask for a recommendation letter only if you have established favorable terms after the submission of the resignation letter.

The items above are what should be avoided when writing a resignation letter. All of these things will have a negative connotation and impact to both character and career. It is best to save your integrity more than anything else. After all, money cannot buy your reputation.

2 thoughts on “Things You Should Not Disclose In Resignation Letter”

  1. Never accept counter offers, always leave firmly, but politely. Be sure to give proper notice and complete any work. If you have time, offer to put together a transition plan for your manager or have one done before you resign (always a plus later on down the road). You never want to burn bridges even if you hate the place. Always keep the door and your options open just in case you decide in the future that you would like to go back to the company that you are departing. This is what truly separates professionals from the rest. If you are willing to accept a counter offer A. you should not have put your notice in the first place and B. the company has you at the disadvantage and can lean on you harder than before you took the offer. If you are going to leave just do it.

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