Do You Really Need to Write a Resignation Letter? Why Write a Resignation Letter? Do you really need to write a formal resignation letter? The short answer is that most of the time, no letter of resignation is necessary. Many people do believe that as an employee you need to formally resign from a job by writing a formal resignation letter to your current employer.
Why might you still want to write a resignation letter? Many experts believe that writing a formal or even a basic resignation letter when you're leaving your current job helps make you seem more courteous and professional. However, the real reason to write a resignation letter is to create a paper trail documenting that you have given notice (if your employer requires two weeks notice or some other amount of notice) on a certain date, and to formally kick of the process should there be any legal hiccups (quite rare) with incorrectly processing your final paycheck and last day of benefits.