If You Want to Do More Than Just the Basics with Your Resignation Letter. You can always write more, and craft a longer resignation letter, but the truth is that it isn't necessary. You can add a portion of the note where you thank your manager or boss for the opportunities and time you have had together, or add that you hope to keep in touch, but in reality, if you really feel this way you probably should make an effort and find an opportunity to say these things in person (rather than getting an email).
Sure, it may sit in the depths of HR until the end of time, but you can be sure of two things: One, your former boss (and future reference) will read it and be impressed. And two, if you ever decide to come back to your company (hey, it happens), it's a very good thing that last thing on file is a great, professionally written resignation letter.