If you feel you need to resign from your job, a letter will need to be written. Writing a resignation letter is not as easy as it sounds, especially if you are leaving your workplace with some resentment or under less than desirable conditions.
Although you might want to use the letter to get issues aired, a resignation letter is not the place for this. Most work places have grievance procedures, and these issues can be taken care of there. The resignation letter should include the date you are resigning, a simple and brief reason, and should include some gracious comment, even if you have to dig deep to come up with one. You might need this employer in the future for a job reference. Listed below are some things to leave out of your resignation letter.
1) Never discuss evaluation issues in the resignation letter. These should be handled with the human resource department.
2) Do not name call. This sounds like common sense, but some people are lead in a moment of frustration to stoop to this.
3) Do not use the resignation letter to threaten your employer with a lawsuit or any sort of action. This is not professional, and it could also hamper your case, if in fact you do have one.
4) It is not a good idea to state you are moving on to a more professional job. The employer might take this in the wrong way, and think your implying you were below the job.
5) Do not write a long letter. You want your statement to be brief and to the point. You can mention generically an issue you had, but do not go into details.
A good resignation letter should read somewhat as follows:
To Whom It May Concern,
I am resigning my position effective as of this date. I regret that I have come to this decision, but feel it is in our best interest. The main reason this decision was made, was due to unfair work policies. However, I have learned so much since working with Acme. I will be able to apply this knowledge to future employment.
Remember that a good resignation letter might play a role in whether or not you receive a good reference from the employer in the future.