A team member at work emailed me their resignation letter today. Here is the letter:
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 1:25 PM
To: Jesse Maddox
Dear Mr Jesse,
Please accept this message as notification that I am leaving my position with our company effective February 28.
I appreciate the opportunities I have been given here and your professional guidance and support. I wish you and the company success in the future.
Please let me know what to expect as far as my final work schedule, accrued vacation leave, and my employee benefits.
If I can be of assistance during this transition, please let me know.
Being that Dung is not a native speaker, I knew that there was a better chance of me winning Mr. Universe than him knowing the word “accrued.” It took Google and I about twelve seconds to find this exact letter, word for word, as the top result. I replied to him with only this link.
I got up from my desk and walked over to talk to him, and as I approached he was reading his email. Then he made a confused face, looked up and pointed at me, both of us laughing out loud.
I don’t blame him for just copying the top google result for “email resignation”. I would to if I had to in a foreign language, and anyways a resignation letter isn’t where you say what you want to say. We skipped out of work for an hour later that afternoon and discussed things over a few beers, as was appropriate.
Anyways, its worth noting here that Dung is a really talented guy. I interviewed over 35 people for two positions, and he was one of the two that made the cut. He decided to quit against the advice of all of his friends and his family; I’m the first to applaud anyone who takes a leap of faith for the sake of their dreams, and so I’m proud to see him go after his own.