How to write a good letter of resignation that will not prevent my getting unemployment

Written by carol deeb
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Resigning from a job should not be an impetuous decision, but one made after careful deliberation. Do you have prospects for another job? Do you have enough money saved? Will you qualify for unemployment insurance? Generally, unemployment benefits are granted to workers who have lost a job without fault or cause on their part. Therefore, if you resign, explaining your reason in detail can make the difference between being approved for unemployment insurance or having your claim denied. Gather any notes or documents you have that are related to your employment and the valid reason you need to resign. Address your letter to your supervisor, department director or human resources manager, and include evidence supporting your position.

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  1. 1

    Explain that you are resigning because you have been threatened with termination. Detail your employer's reason for termination and why you feel it is unfounded. Attach documents supporting your position, if any.

  2. 2

    Tell your employer that your hours have been reduced substantially and you cannot afford to remain employed with the company. Attach the notice or your notes that detail when you were told of the reduction in hours and the reason that was given.

  3. 3

    Write how you have no choice but to quit due to personal reasons, such as your spouse taking a better paying job in another location or another compelling explanation that shows you have to leave. Your state may not approve unemployment benefits based on personal reasons, so check with your local department of labour prior to quitting.

  4. 4

    Detail any safety or health hazards that have been ignored by the company. Give the dates that you complained and the response of your employer. Tell your company that you have no choice but to resign due to the negative physical effects or potential effects. Attach a letter from your doctor or other documentation proving that you must quit.

  5. 5

    Explain that you are experiencing discrimination or harassment in the company. Federal and state laws prohibit unfair treatment based on protected classes such as sex, race, colour, national origin, religion, age (40 or over) or disability. Give the dates and times of the incidents and list witnesses to the hostile work environment. Outline when you complained to management and the actions taken as a result. Attach notes that detail each episode of unfair treatment.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unsure whether the unemployment insurance office will accept your reason for resigning, call or visit them first to discuss why you must leave your job.

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