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When resigning from a job, it is always a good idea to leave on a positive note. After all, you might need to ask your employer for a reference or letter of recommendation. One way to leave on a positive note is to write a polite, professional resignation letter in which you thank your boss for your time at the company.
Read below for tips on writing a resignation letter, as well as two sample resignation letters. In the first resignation letter example, you confirm that you are leaving and thank the company for a rewarding experience. In the second letter example, you say thank you and offer to provide assistance during the transition. Here are some tips for writing a resignation letter.
Send a hard copy letter after you speak with your boss. Send a copy to both your boss and the human resources office, so that the letter goes into your file.
However, if time is of the essence, you can send an email instead. You can send the email to your boss, and carbon copy (cc) the email to human resources.
Include a header with the employer’s name and address, the date, and your name and address. If you are sending an email, read here for tips on writing a professional email.
In the letter, state the specific date you plan to leave work. Try to give at least two weeks notice. Two weeks is considered the standard amount of time for giving notice. If you need to leave sooner, read here for information on how to resign with no notice.
You do not have to go into detail as to your reasons for leaving. You might simply say, “I was recently offered a new position” or, even more simply, "I am writing to confirm my resignation." You may choose to provide a bit more information (for example, the name of the company or the position, or the reason you are taking this new job). However, keep the letter brief.
You might need to ask your employer for a recommendation in the future. Therefore, stay positive when you talk about your experience at the company. Don’t go into detail about how this new job is so much better than your current job. If you are leaving because you dislike the job, do not go into detail as to why you are unhappy.
One way to maintain a strong relationship with your boss is to express your thanks for your time at the company. You might provide a specific example of how much your boss helped you, or why you liked the company so much. However, you can also give a more general thanks, such as “Thank you for the opportunity to work for this company.”
If possible, offer to help the company during the transition period. You might volunteer to train a new employer, or help in some other way.
Include an email address and/or phone number where you can be reached once you leave the job. You can include this information in the body of the letter, and/or beneath your signature.
Whether sending a letter or an email, you should thoroughly proofread your message before sending it. Again, you may need to ask for a recommendation from your employer, and you want all your work to be polished.
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123 Main Street
Anytown CA 12345
December 30, 2018
Ms. Josephine Boss
Chief Executive Officer
456 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 12345
Dear Ms. Boss,
This letter is to confirm my resignation as the Online Editor at Acme Company. I have accepted a position as Senior Online Editor at a growing media company in New York. I am looking forward to my new position and the challenges that await me.
My last day of work will be January 14, which provides plenty of time for me to finish ongoing projects and to turn over my position to my replacement.
You can always reach me at 555-555-5555 or email@example.com. My experiences at Acme have been very rewarding. I appreciate having had the opportunity to work for such a fine company, and I wish you and the company continued success.
Judy Rodriguez (signature hard copy letter)
July 12, 200X
City, State Zip
Dear Mr./Ms. Lastname,
I would like to inform you that I am resigning from my position as Customer Service Manager, effective July 12, 200X.
Thank you so much for the opportunities for professional and personal development that you have provided me during the last ten years. I will always appreciate your mentorship as I navigated my first management position.
I have appreciated working at the company and value the support provided me during my tenure with the company. I greatly enjoyed working with you, and wish you well in your future endeavors.
I am also happy to provide any information or training for my replacement, if this would be useful. You can continue to contact me at 555-555-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signature (hard copy letter)
We wish your company every success for the future. Hi We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our tour to the Great Wall at Mutyianyu and Summer Palace.
The corporate world is full of completion and pressure. But yet, there are people who become more than people we work with. They could be anyone – our boss, partners, colleagues or secretaries. They are the people that transform our office into a home and transform our workplace into a family. They inspire us, motivate us, take care of us and convert us into better persons.
On their birthday, it is important to let them know they are important to you. Here are a few birthday greetings you could send in the corporate world on their special day, to let them know how much they mean to you.
Happy Birthday! May all your wishes come true.
Happy Birthday! On your special day, accept this as my token of gratitude for always being there.
Happy Birthday. Wish you all the success in the world.
If wisdom and experience were were wealth, you were one of the richest people I ever met. People like you inspire us long after they leave. Wish you a very Happy Birthday.
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Happy Birthday. Wishing you a wonderful year of good health, happiness and success.
Happy Birthday! May all your wishes come true.
Happy Birthday. My warmest wishes for personal and professional success.
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So it’s time for business owners to give thanks for their customers, clients, team members, partners, and anyone else who made an impact on operations this year. In preparation for the holiday, you may want to compose a quick message to people who have impacted your business in the past year, giving thanks and wishing them a happy holiday.
If you’re not sure where to start when crafting this message, here are some examples of different Thanksgiving messages for businesses to consider.
Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. So in any message, it’s important to say thank you in some way, whether you’re speaking to customers or those involved with the behind-the-scenes of your business. Share your appreciation in a quick social media post, an email or even a photo or video post.
1. Thank you so much for your patronage this year. We’ve truly enjoyed serving you!
2. We’re thankful for all of our customers/clients! Thank you for being a part of our journey this year.
3. We have so much to be thankful for this year, most of all YOU!
4. This is the time of year for sharing what you’re thankful for. And our customers are at the top of our list.
5. On this Thanksgiving, we want to share our genuine appreciation for you. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you!
Longer messages are perfect for businesses that have small teams or work closely with clients. It gives you the opportunity to share a few different sentiments and really drive your point home. It also allows you to personalize the messaging a bit. You can use these examples as a starting point and then add some more personal details to make your message stand out for clients or team members. Share these messages in a blog post, email newsletter or even a handwritten letter. You could also create a video of you speaking the message directly to customers.
6. Dear valued customer: This Thanksgiving, we want to share our genuine appreciation with you. Without you, we would not be where we are today, and we’re so thankful for all of your support throughout the year. We hope you have a joyous holiday and we look forward to serving you again.
7. Dear [name]: I’m so thankful for the opportunity to serve you this past year. I’ve genuinely enjoyed working with you and getting to know you. Thank you for being a wonderful and supportive client and for all you do to support my business. I value our relationship and look forward to the opportunity to continue serving you.
8. We’re thankful for wonderful customers like you this Thanksgiving. Our team has really enjoyed serving you this year, and we wanted to share our heartfelt appreciation.
9. To our valuable team members: We’re so thankful for all you’ve done for our business this year. All of your hard work and dedication has helped us reach so many of our company-wide goals for 2018. On this holiday, we want to make sure you know how much you’re appreciated as a member of our team and how much we value you. Have a wonderful holiday with your family and loved ones and we can’t wait to see what our team can accomplish together in 2019.
10. This Thanksgiving, we want to share a sincere “thank you” to every member of our team. Thanks for making this a model workplace and for all you do to keep our company moving forward. We’ve had a great year, and you’re such a big part of it.
Sometimes a simple “Happy Thanksgiving” goes a long way. With this type of greeting, you might consider adding it to a festive image or at the end of a video. You can share this type of post on social media or even turn it into an actual card. It could also make for a perfect visual for blog posts or email newsletters that feature longer messages as well. You could also share text-only messages on Twitter or other short-form platforms.
11. Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating all there is to be thankful for.
12. Here’s to another year of giving thanks for all of the wonderful blessings our team has experienced.
13. Wishing you a happy and festive Thanksgiving with all your family and friends!
14. Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and gratitude-filled holiday!
15. We hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!
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When discussing why you are choosing to leave a company, be polite and detailed I wish you and the company every success in the future.
Quick: name an eCommerce site. Chances are, if you pose that challenge to random person on the street, more often than not the answer will be, “Amazon.” In the U.S., at least, Amazon has come to define the way we think about online shopping. More than three quarters of American online shoppers did the majority of their holiday shopping on Amazon last year, and the eCommerce giant controls nearly half the total U.S. online shopping spend. And that’s not surprising. From their mind bogglingly huge product selection to their relentless focus on the customer experience—and constant innovation—Amazon has become more than just a dominant force in eCommerce. It’s the standard-bearer.
Wish, on the other hand, which first launched in 2010 as a wish-list creating app, has a completely different approach.
Most of their products are unbranded, sold by various small businesses directly to consumers. The user experience (on web or mobile) is rather pedestrian. The prices, however, are rock-bottom—and it’s that distinction which has made Wish:
Wish has focused their business model on one thing and one thing only: price. They’re not looking to expand into the media space, build tech gadgets, or even offer next-day delivery. Wish built their company to provide inexpensive, direct-to-consumer products at the lowest possible price.
By going after a market that Silicon Valley ignored, focusing solely on price and availability, and using technology to learn as much as possible about their customers, Wish built a legitimate global competitor to giants like Amazon and Alibaba.
Founded in 2010 by former Google and Yahoo developers Peter Szulczewski and Danny Zhang, Wish is an eCommerce company with upwards of $1 billion in annual revenue. Wish started as an app where users could create wishlists of their favorite products, and was monetized using a pay-per-click model.
As their business grew, Wish started promoting similar products to their users based on their existing wishlists. This led to partnerships with some merchants, who provided their products directly via the Wish platform. Connecting third-party sellers to buyers through Wish.com turned out to be the business model that would sustain their growth moving forward.
Through seven funding rounds over the next few years, Wish took in $1.3 billion and grew their wishlist app into a full-blown eCommerce provider. During that time they received buyout offers from Amazon, eBay, and Alibaba, but decided instead to expand on their own. Under the umbrella of their parent company, ContextLogic, Wish built up four additional platforms for different types of products. Geek for gadgets and tech, Mama for maternity and childcare, Home for decor, and Cute for beauty and fashion.
The site grew by focusing solely on price. Their early adoption of the direct-to-consumer model gave Wish the ability to offer products at a significantly lower cost than other online retailers like Amazon, who focused on selling products that still had other cost layers built in (like advertising and distribution). And even though it flies in the face of conventional eCommerce wisdom, where the focus has always been the shopping experience first and price second, this pricing strategy helped Wish grow into the global powerhouse it is today.
Even though Wish received several substantial funding rounds, many in Silicon Valley were skeptical that their business model would pay off. Szulczewski addressed this briefly in a Medium post called The Invisible Half, where he broke down the idea that many startups were ignoring a significant sector of the market.
“We never hypothesized going after value conscious consumers with unbranded goods, but the early data was indisputable. There was a large underserved market of consumers that prioritized price over pretty packaging, fast shipping, and brands. Despite our metrics, we were told repeatedly and at every stage by Menlo Park investors that they didn’t know anyone that would shop on Wish.”Peter Szulczewski, CEO of Wish
As an eCommerce company, Wish was determined to go after a market that had previously been passed over by their main competitors. This led them to relationships with producers who were interested in the direct-to-consumer market, but were not yet featured on Amazon or Alibaba. Wish made the process of setting up shop on their site much easier than their competitors, and that negated the need for producers to create their own eCommerce platform and invest heavily in marketing. Wish made it easy for sellers of unbranded products to access to a huge market of consumers much faster than going it alone.
Though their main driver was always price, what attention Wish did pay to shopping experience was focused on mobile. This strategy was tied directly to their relentless emphasis on low prices and the target customer that attracted. A PEW Research Center survey via Coresight Research showed that 21 percent of lower-income shoppers access the internet solely on their smartphones, which is higher than the 12 percent average. Attention to the mobile shopping experience led to large-scale usage of Wish in the United States and around the world, and their rankings still reflect this fact.
Both Android and iPhone Wish apps regularly stay at #1 for all shopping apps, beating out Amazon, eBay, etc. For overall ranking, Wish is consistently in the top 50 for iPhone and the top 25 for Android. This is due largely to how Wish has positioned their app, concentrating on the browsing experience as opposed to the shopping experience. App users can open the Wish app, spend five minutes browsing for deals that might interest them, and go about their day. It feels more like a habit-building daily deals site, like Groupon or Woot (owned by Amazon) than a traditional eCommerce store. This is quite different from the Amazon app experience, where searching for specific items is emphasized.
Most popular eCommerce providers focus on the shopping experience first and product price second. Amazon built their business around making it super easy to discover, learn about, purchase, and quickly receive the products their customers wanted. Wish takes a completely opposite approach, focusing on discounted and unbranded items that are discoverable mainly via browsing instead of search.
The “discounts” are one of the ways that Wish attracts their customers. Items sold on Wish are drastically cheaper than what you can buy on Amazon and others. People searching for deals gravitate towards Wish for that reason, which is why it’s so important for them to go the direct-to-consumer route. The kind of shoppers attracted to Wish may still be shopping on Amazon or eBay, but when browsing Wish, they’re strictly going for the best deal as opposed to the best product. People who purchase via Wish don’t mind that they’re not getting the type of quality control or curation they’d get through a traditional retailer like Target or Best Buy, or that they can’t read a review of the product on The Wirecutter or Consumer Reports before buying. They’re willing to take a chance that the $4 headphones they order may not work as well as the $40 headphones for sale at a traditional electronics store because the discount is big enough to justify the risk.
Many of the products on Wish are sold directly from manufacturers in China. They’re cheap, because Wish cuts out the middleman. Instead of first going to a warehouse in the U.S., and then branded and sold at a markup that includes the cost of marketing and support, Wish sellers ship those products directly to the consumer. This is a model that’s growing in popularity and Wish isn’t the only company that is going after this kind of customer, Chinese sites such as Alibaba and Taobao (owned by Alibaba) are also growing fast.
These sites, which originate in China where much of the cheap goods sold on Wish come from, could negatively impact Wish’s growth if their proximity to the producers allows them to offer even lower prices. Even Amazon is getting in on the act, with as much as one-third of third party marketplace sellers now originating in China.
The browsing aspect of Wish also informs their business model. Wish provides their customers with a streamlined, quick, and easy way to browse through items they might want to buy. Things like packaging, branding, and shipping times are secondary; Wish tailors the experience for snap decisions. Customers buy products via Wish because they’re cheap, not necessarily because they serve an immediate need.
This browsing model is great for a mobile app, but can potentially cause issues when it comes to customer retention. It’s difficult to retain app users over time, so Wish needs to ratchet up the discounting and make better recommendations based on customers’ previous browsing habits. Instead of focusing on items that are typically purchased together, as many online retailers do, Wish uses their data and analytics to serve up items they think the customer would want to buy, sorted by price and current product availability. This differs from the Amazon model, where items that are typically purchased together are recommended to the customer based on the recent purchase history of other Amazon customers.
Part of the experience with Wish as opposed to Amazon or other eCommerce companies is the browsing and recommendations engine. Wish uses a considerable amount of data, like customer browsing habits as well as social profiles and ad view history to make recommendations.
Customers using Wish are there to browse and potentially find a deal that interests them. Amazon shoppers, on the other hand, know exactly what they’re looking for 63 percent of the time. It’s much more valuable for Wish to recommend a product their customer will buy on impulse as opposed to the precise item a customer is looking for.
Users can sign up to the Wish platform directly through their Google account, email address, or Facebook profile page, all of which gives Wish access to the customer’s ad information. Wish then uses this information to compile a more comprehensive picture of their customers and their product preferences. It’s no wonder that a significant amount of their traffic comes from social media.
This is a holdover from Wish’s days as a modest wishlist app, where the majority of revenue generated came from pay-per-click ads. The more a customer interacts with Wish’s app, website, or any ads they get served, the better the app’s algorithm learns. According to Treasure Data, Wish is processing more than 17 billion different events every day. The continuous scrolling aspects of their app and website also help, as customers will likely spend more time looking for potential impulse buys.
The staggering availability of different types of products is overwhelming. Wish offers up thousands of unbranded, generic products for customers to choose from. This is completely different from Amazon or eBay, where these products might be available, but customers need to spend the time to search them out specifically, and they’re generally deemphasized in favor of higher priced, branded versions. By optimizing the shopping experience towards impulse buys, Wish is learning in a different way than Amazon and other popular eCommerce companies.
By offering their customers a way to browse specific items recommended to them, and focusing more on discounted pricing than anything else, Wish is turning eCommerce conventional wisdom on its head.
Wish is successful because they went after a market that was traditionally ignored by eCommerce startups. By identifying the need for discount goods online, Wish has been able to corner their own section of a growing market much earlier than their competitors.
Wish is free to download and use; they offer low prices because of a direct-to-consumer model that emphasizes cheaply manufactured, unbranded goods, and they make money on volume. If the items sold through their site were priced higher, they wouldn’t have appealed to their target consumer and likely would not have seen the same amount of success.
The entire Wish experience is based on impulse and speed. Customers come to their site to browse for deals instead of shopping for specific items. By keeping their prices low and their product offering diverse, Wish has positioned itself online in much the same way that QVC did on television decades earlier.
The more you know about your customers, the better. By pulling in data on browsing habits, social media profiles, ad history, etc., Wish is able to recommend products their customers are more likely to buy. This is very important when much of their model is based on purchases made on a whim.
Wish entered into a market that was ignored by much of Silicon Valley. By taking the leap and positioning themselves correctly, Wish found success and emerged as a market leader.
Wishing you and [the company] continued success and prosperity. The purpose of this letter is to announce my resignation from [Company Name], effective.