Are you ready to pull the plug on your current gig, but feel intimidated by that blinking cursor at the top left-hand corner of a Word document? Microsoft Word has you covered with an array of prewritten letters of resignation. Yes, we here at Going Concern are always here to serve you.
Microsoft has you covered when you just can’t abide your present job another second:
As shown in Figure 1, click File, New, type resign in the search box, and press Enter. There’s no need to expend the extra energy in typing out “resignation letter” although you can do so if you wish. And although it may be satisfying to blast the words “I’m outta here” or “Take this job and shove it” in that field, neither will further your quest. Of course, you could go old school and send along a country video that gets your point across, or just rage your way out the door. You’ll find a small array of free templates, which I’ve annotated to help your decision process:
- Letter of resignation due to conflict with boss (as if that would ever happen)
- Letter of resignation due to merger (yeah, that’ll get ‘em back for dissing you on stock options)
- Resignation letter due to retirement (one can dream)
Or for the low, low fee of $24.95 you can purchase a five-pack of resignation letters if your new job is going to be paying you particularly well.
If you’re not quite ready to pull the trigger, as shown in Figure 2 you can click the push pin for a given template so that it will show up on your list of available templates. Just know that this may tip your hand to shoulder surfers.
Figure 3 shows you how to access an expanded array of resignation letters. Same drill as Word 2013, click File, New, and then type in resign in the search field. No paid options here, just an expanded array that includes:
- Letter of resignation due to conflict with boss
- Resignation letter with no explanation (that’s it! Keep ‘em guessing!)
- Resignation letter with suggested reassignment of duties (as if you care?)
- Resignation letter with mention of accomplishments (too little, too late now, isn’t it?)
- Resignation letter offering flexible end date (well aren’t you sweet?)
- Basic resignation letter (just the facts, ma’am)
- Letter of resignation due to lack of growth opportunity (yeah, don’t let the man keep you down!)
- Letter of resignation due to lack of promotion (bitter much?)
- Thank you letter to employer when leaving company (salve for the wound you inflicted?)
Notice there’s no retirement letters here. As the Eagles song goes, “you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
This version has the same set of departure missives as Word 2010, but you’ll just get to them in a slightly different fashion, as shown in Figure 4.
If your employer is still subjecting you to software written in the early days of the George W. Bush administration then you definitely need to move on. Figure 5 has you covered.
Now that you have been empowered, please don't forget to BCC Going Concern on your fancy new farewell email.
About the author:
David H. Ringstrom, CPA, heads up Accounting Advisors, Inc., an Atlanta-based software and database consulting firm providing training and consulting services nationwide. Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter. David speaks at conferences about Microsoft Excel, teaches webcasts for CPE Link, and writes freelance articles on Excel for AccountingWEB, Going Concern, et.al.