A resignation letter can also help your boss and your company start the transition process, get a replacement for you approved, and start planning internally, etc. The paper trail is beneficial all around. So what should go into your letter? Let's look at some examples of what to do (and perhaps more importantly, what not to do).
You want your intent to be as direct as possible. You are leaving, plain and simple. There's no need to mention where you're going. You can discuss that with your boss (though you're not obligated to do so) and your colleagues if you want, but there's little purpose for including that in your resignation letter. That's especially true if you're moving over to a competitor__you don't want to create ill will in this letter or cause any drama.