Two-Week Notice Tips

So, you are getting ready to leave your job. Boy, is it fun having to write that thoughtful two-week notice letter to your boss, especially when you are mostly leaving because of them. Trust me, I know it’s hard to put those nice little words in that letter and hand it off to them, but believe me, that is the best thing to do in this situation.

I worked at my first and only job for 1 1/2 years. It had it’s ups and downs but there were plenty of people who made me want to stay, especially the ones I worked for. I worked as a cook in a nursing home and those residents were amazing. I was mostly treated with great respect and kindness and I surely gave it back to them, but towards the end, they couldn’t even make me choose to stay.

Within the last few months I had worked there, a LOT had changed. I got two new bosses, most of the staff was quitting and a lot of new people started working. There wasn’t much organization and not much was going quite right. I was exhausted and had hardly any days off. It was crazy and no matter how hard I tried I just could not convince myself to stay. So, it was time to write my two-week notice.

I have a few NOT to do’s for you. One, you can’t let anyone tell you that you can’t quit. For the longest time before I gave them my letter, I told myself I couldn’t quit because so many others already had. Truth is, many many MANY people weren’t very happy with their jobs there and were quitting anyways. You leaving, just like everyone else will not change a thing. If people are going to quit, they’re going to quit.

Two, make sure you have more than one reason to quit. At first, I wanted to blame my boss and say that they were the one that made my job suck in the end. But then someone asked me if she was the only reason why and said I need to make sure I have other reasons. So, I thought about it. Maybe most of my problems could link back to her, but they weren’t all entirely her fault. Realizing that made it a lot easier for me to write a nice two-week notice.

Third, don’t let that said boss talk you into staying longer. After giving my boss my letter, she asked to have a meeting with me. Of course, I was chilled to my bones. I was really hoping to just get a letter back saying, “Okay, bye.” I was hoping it would be extremely easy, but I shouldn’t have been so hopeful.

Thankfully, she wasn’t too mad. She just asked if I could wait a week in order for her to find some new people to come in and replace me. I wanted to keep things calm and professional between us, so I agreed to that. DON’T. I wasn’t able to leave until about a month later because she tried to push the date back even further and I had to eventually put my foot down and say that I couldn’t work any longer after a certain date. If you take that deal, trying to avoid sticking up for yourself and saying no, you’re going to likely have to do it anyways, so you might as well do it the first time.

Now that the DON’TS are out of the way, let’s start talking about the DOS.

First, after writing all of the names and addresses and whatnot, start your first paragraph saying something on the lines of, “I am writing to announce my resignation from (you’re work place), effective two weeks from this date.” The first paragraph mainly consists of that sentence. You can add another if you wish, but that is the most you should. You must sound firm in your decision and professional as well.

Second, start your next paragraph (this will likely be your last as well) and make sure to give off legit reasons for leaving that don’t say, “because of you.” Adding that will get you nowhere good. Remember: your next employer will easily be able to get hold of them! My biggest reason, that was true, was that I was moving. I was planning on moving in with my significant other soon and it gave me the perfect reason to quit. I added that I was also wanting more time to focus on my art career. I did wish to do that, but I definitely haven’t done nearly as much as I had hoped for. With these reasons I showed great incentive and kept my boss happy.

Third, you must finish the second paragraph talking about the good times and how much you will miss it, even if you won’t. The best thing you can do is BE as HONEST as you can. No, I didn’t like much about my job in the end, but one always looks back on memories in a more cheerful way than they were at the time they were being made. I talked about how the job had taught me a lot: true. I said I would miss the residents and other people I worked with: mostly true. I wrote that the job had been a great job altogether: kind of true. You see, there was at least a little bit of truth in all of those and that is all they need to be, just a little true. Do that, and you will keep your boss happy even though you are quitting.

After I typed up the letter, I made sure to print it and keep it nice. I recited my letter, made sure that if she asked further questions that I would know what all I had written on there. I kept it short and sweet (only two paragraphs long). You could hand the letter to them, though I decided to put it on their mail slot that was on her office door.

Now, you must be wondering why I was so insistent that it’s best to be nice and friendly in that letter. Well, after we had talked and I waited a week and a half after I was supposed to leave, to finally do it, she had one last little meeting with me.

She told me that though she did not think I would need to come back, that there was always a place for me if I chose to. Yes, I wouldn’t ever go back even if you forced me. Yes, I was quite done with that job in the end, but that didn’t matter. What mattered was that I pleased her so much with the way that I QUIT my job, she was willing to reHIRE me if need be. Not many bosses will/would say that. Not to mention the next employer you have, should they chose to call your old boss, will gladly tell them how great of an employee you were. My last boss even offered to help me with my resume for my next employer to see when I got a new job!

I hope that this was helpful for you and I hope you can leave your boss just as happy with you when you quit, as I left mine! If you wish to add any other helpful tips to this post for others to see, please do so. Good luck to you, I’m sure you will leave your job now with their jaw hanging from how PROFESSIONAL and SWEET you were!


  1. Great advice. It always pays to be nice because you never know when and under what circumstances people will appear in your life again… 😊🦉


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