What could be the reason, an Employee can give to his Present Employer for leaving the job, specially when he/she is leaving just because he/she has got the better job at a higher pay, in case, if he/she doesn't want to tell the present employer that he/she is leaving only for money sake and joining another one.
Please suggest!

I do not think that there is any thing wrong in saying that you got a better job in a place you prefer ( very near to your native place from where you can commute daily) etc and it is always like this that the employer is issuing the service certificate that ".. has left this establishment on his own accord/ for better prospects..." and it is on the basis of 'better career' that the employer is wording " we wish him all the success in his career" in the service certificate.

From India, Kannur
HI Madhu, My question was with regards to what an Employee can tell to his manager in his resignation letter. I have no asked for the employer’s view or his Service certificate etc.

Dear Ramdevrathi,
We all work for money and improving our skill set, as well as contribute efficiently. So no harm in letting your present employer know that you are looking for a change in the portfolio and would like to take on other challenging assignments, in view of which, you have decided to take up an assignment that has been offered to you by another employer.
Let them know you have grown with the present employer and would be much thankful if they are also open to letting you try other challenging opportunities.
Be open to even what they have got to say - may be your present employer has another plump offer for you!

From India, Madras
As told by Asha, there is no harm in telling the current employer about your reason of resignation. Still if you are very much reluctant you can say that you are relocating to some other place for some reasons or you are going for further education etc..

From India, Mumbai
Dear Ramdev Rathi, Please read my post once more and understand the meaning. I have only said what the employee should say if he wants to resign. Regards, Madhu.T.K
From India, Kannur
Dear Rathi, Employee has to be transparent and clearly said about joining another company,but dont tell new company name(may be employer know to that company very well). Best Regards sajid
From India, Delhi

Here is what I recommend. Let your manager know that you want to leave the company to explore other opportunities. Agree with your manager on a transition plan and a notice period. Then send a formal resignation letter. Below is a real resignation letter I sent to one of my managers in the past (of course, it was an email and it was copied to her manager) (and I was not going to take up another job with better pay, I was going from a full time employment to independent consulting).

I sent this on a Friday at 5 PM (close of business, end of week).



I would like to inform you that I would be leaving <abc company> shortly. It has been an incredible couple of years here and < abc company> is indeed the best place to work.

However, I believe it is time for me to move on and explore other opportunities.

I offer my heartfelt thanks to you and <abc company> for giving me an opportunity to work here and get to know all of you. It has been an excellent experience. Perhaps, such an opportunity may present itself in the future.

As mutually agreed, starting Monday, April 20, 2009, I will be serving my two weeks’ notice period. My last day at <abc company> would be April 3, 2009.

Thank you once again.


-Som G


Hope this helps.

My manager and peers asked me, "where are you going?", and I said "I don't know yet. I have a couple of offers, but haven't made up my mind. I am thinking of taking some time off and then get back to work. Or I might go to India and spend some time there. I don't know." What I said was actually true (I did take about 5 months off and drove across country visiting friends and family, and then got back to a consulting gig). You can take your pointers from the first two statements.

All the best,

-Som G

From United States, Woodinville
Typically resignation letters can be short and non-obligatory in terms of reasons.
You can simply say "Personal Reasons" and quit. Technically or legally you dont have to tell the exact reason! I have used "Personal growth" and "Personal reasons" in two occasions and explained along those lines during the exit interview.
Hope that helps.

From India, Bangalore
Hi RamdevRathi
You should always be honest with yourself and your present and future employer. There is nothing to hide that you are leaving for salary sake if that is the only reason. It may be possible that the present employer may think of giving you the same package that you are leaving for. And if then still you want to leave then check whether your reason is true and honest. If not tell the true reason. This always helps the employer to assess his atttrition causes and revise HR policies. And it also makes you keep a good relation with this employer. And mind that good relations never do wrongs for you.
If you feel your present employer will put some hinderances in your growth due to this reason then only lie. And what other reason to tell can only be best judged by you.
Vinod Gosavi

From India, Pune

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