August 24, 2011– To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.
Resignation Letter Templates
| Classic Letter Dear [Recipient's name]:This letter is to formally announce my resignation from [company name], starting today. My last day will be [two weeks from today].It has been a pleasure to work for [company name].Please let me know how I can help to make a smooth transition during my remaining time here.
|Grateful LetterDear [Recipient's name]:Thank you for the opportunity to work at [company name]. I have learned a lot during my time here. I truly appreciate your guidance and friendship during my time employed.However, the time has come for me to move on. This letter is to formally announce my resignation from [company name], starting today.My last day will be [two weeks from today].Please let me know what I can do to make my final time here a productive experience.
|Counter Offer Letter (Risky Strategy) Dear [Recipient's name]:This letter is to formally announce my resignation from [company name], starting today. My last day will be [two weeks from today].I have not accepted a job with another company as of yet. My decision is based on the uncertainty of the future of my career at [company name]. I have tried to discuss my career advancement in the past, with no real results.I would welcome the opportunity to discuss with you a possible career future, assuming you are interested in keeping me employed with your company.Regards,
|Final Decision Letter Dear [Recipient's name]:This letter is to formally announce my resignation from [company name], starting today. My last day will be [two weeks from today].As much as I would like to re-assess my current situation here at [company name], I have already accepted another position with another company, so my decision is final.Thank you for the opportunity to grow my career.Regards,
|Different Career LetterDear [Recipient's name]:After much thought, and serious discussions with friends and family, I have decided to pursue a different career.Therefore, this letter is to announce my resignation with [company name], starting today. My last day will be [two weeks from today].My decision to pursue a different career holds no relation to my experiences here at [company name]. I thoroughly enjoyed my time employed here, and would recommend the experience to anyone looking for a fair and rewarding job.Please let me know what I can do to make my final time here a productive experience.Regards,
|I Hate This Job, And You! Letter (Not recommended!)Dear [Recipient's name]:Yesterday I woke up and realized that this is the worst career experience I've ever had. Therefore, I'm officially notifying you of my resignation from [company name]. My last day will be today.This company has many problems. [insert problems here]On top of that, I can't stand to work for you any longer. You, alone, have been a constant source of pain and suffering for me ever since I started this job. I can't understand how you made it this far in the professional community.Today is a great day for me. I will never have to see, hear or listen to you ever again. Goodbye, and good-riddance!Warmest Regards,
|Polite Resignation Letter Dear [Recipient's name]:I am sorry to inform you that I am leaving [company name]. This was a difficult decision, as working for [company name] has been a positive experience and one for which I am thankful. I have learned a great deal here, and have enjoyed working on our projects with you.However, career enhancement opportunities have led me to accept a position with another company. This final decision was reached only after thorough consideration.In order to lessen the impact of my departure I have postponed the effective date of my leaving until two weeks after the date of this letter.I wish continued success to [company name], to your projects, and to you.
Please feel free to contact me after I leave if I can be of any assistance.
|Formal Resignation LetterDear [Recipient's name]:Please accept this letter as my formal resignation as [your position] for [company name] to become effective as of [resign date]. I have accepted a position in [state, place].I believe this position will offer me more challenge and opportunity for advancement as well as allow me to broaden my own skills, experience and knowledge.I want to take this opportunity to thank you and [company name] for your time and efforts in my training and advancement during the last [time period].The support and concern shown for me has been deeply appreciated. There will be no need for the extension for a counter offer as I would not look favorably upon it.I wish you and the company continued success, and should you need my assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to let me know.
|Sarcastic (Not recommended!) Dear [Recipient's name]:It's extremely hard for me to do what I must do today. My experience with you and this company has been so fulfilling and joyful that I almost cried when I realized I had to move on to a different career opportunity.This letter is to officially notify you of my resignation from [company name]. My last day will be today.I hate to leave. You have been such a mentor to me. Your guidance and friendship have made me regard you as another parent, of which I love so much. Hopefully we can still stay in touch. Maybe even get together for a barbeque this summer.Again, my dear friend, thanks so much for allowing me to know such a well-adjusted and intelligent person such as yourself.Let's get together for lunch soon,
|Resign Like President Nixon Dear [Recipient's name]:I hereby resign my position as [your title].Sincerely,
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