How Should I Write My Resignation Letter?

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Articles

How Should I Write My Resignation Letter?

John: Hey, John Sonmez from
I got a question here about writing a resignation letter. I thought this was kind of an interesting
topic to talk about. I think a lot of developers often are in the point of need to write a
resignation letter. This email is from Kevin and Kevin says, “Hey John, I’m a huge
fan of manning books and guess which book was on the number one spot? I really loved
your book and I wish I had read this book 15 years ago when I graduated college. Please
sensor my name if you’re going to publish a video about my question.” We’ll just
say Kevin. I won’t tell you the last name. He said, “I’ve recommended your book to
numerous fellow peers. So here’s my issue. I’m currently with a great company with
awesome people to work with, unfortunately I’m the only full stack developer in my
team and recently I got a job offer from a previous company I used to work at. It was
a typical project with multiple developers who can take over my work then I feel relieved
to leave the company with good hands. The offer began by 10% more and I’ve kept rejecting
until they said 35%. Since my family is saving for a down payment for the mortgage it’s
really hard to reject this offer. Once I leave the company I know that the people I work
with will be greatly disappointed and possibly their jobs—it’s just some engineering
faux, for whatever dumb reasons, I just can’t hire new developers for next 6 months or so.
Being without a developer for 6 months the whole project could even be cancelled. They’ve
really put all the eggs in one basket and believe that I’ll stick with the project
until it’s completed. I also believe that as well since my pay is quite above average
and no other company’s offer would even come close. Anyway, these are the nicest people
I’ve ever worked with and I do get excited to wake up every morning to work with them.
I literally have no excuse of leaving the job except more money. I just feel like an
A-hole if I write a resignation that basically said: Old job offered 35% more. Peace. It
isn’t like I’m going to be learning new skills from the old job either which was the
reason I left the company. Honestly, if my family wasn’t saving for a down payment
I wouldn’t leave. It’s just amazing that I’m almost doubling the salary in 3 years.
If you were me, would you take the new offer? I’ve already taken the offer and for many
days trying to come up with a good way of writing the resignation letter and advance
thanks for the advice.” A little bit long email but I wanted to include
the whole back story here. Kevin, as I’m reading this you’re making justifications,
even to me. You don’t need justifications. Business is business. It’s good that you
like your team. It’s good that you’re contributing to your team but we tend to have
this sort of ego thing when we work somewhere or work with people that it’s all going
to fall apart if we’re not there. Yes, you may be seriously contributing to this team
but life will go on. They’ll be okay. They’ll figure out how to get on without you. Don’t
be so concerned. I know you’re coming from a good place in
saying that you feel like you don’t want to abandon them. A lot of people feel like
that but you can’t really worry about that. You’re getting offered 35% more pay, that’s
perfectly good reason to leave. You don’t need—in fact, you don’t need any reason,
you don’t need any excuse, you don’t have to give an explanation. In fact, when you
write a resignation letter what I would recommend, I’m assuming you’ve probably already written
it by now, but what I would recommend for anyone writing a resignation letter in this
situation is that you don’t give a reason. You just say, “Hey, it’s been great working
with you. I love the job here. I would love to help you sometime in the future. I’ve
got an offer and an opportunity in my life that I feel like I need to take and that’s
why I’m doing this. Nothing personal, I’m just taking this opportunity.”
That’s enough. You don’t need to say I’m making more money, you don’t need to justify
why this is a better opportunity for you, don’t get into that. No matter what you
do, you’re going to hurt feelings and you’re going to cause problems if you do it that
way and possibly burn bridges. The best thing to do is just not give an explanation and
just talk so much about how you’ve enjoyed the company that you’re working with, that
you’re currently working at and that this is just a new opportunity or you.
Anyway, good luck, Kevin. Hopefully you enjoy your new job and hopefully you don’t feel
too bad about leaving your old one. It’s business so don’t take it personally and
just don’t worry. Things will continue to go on. They’ll figure out what they’re
doing. One person can’t be the lynchpin for an entire company so you can’t put that
pressure on yourself. All right, well, if you like this video, definitely
subscribe to the channel and I’ll talk to you next time. Take care.


  • Hey John, big fan. First time commenter. Haha. Just wanted to let you know there's a typo on your title. Cheers!

  • Love your videos, but this advice doesn't make sense to me. Maybe I'm having an aspie moment, but why would it hurt feelings to tell them your getting 35% more?

    Seems like that would make it seem less personal and would do them the favor of providing feedback. I like to err on telling the truth rather than hiding it.

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