Letter of Resignation - HELP

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    Nov 17, 2010 2:43 PM GMT
    For all of you career-minded individuals or those in Human Resources, I need your assistance/advice.

    I have been recently offered a really awesome position as Director for a new organization. (Excited - VERY!!!!) However, the position requires me to begin immediately due to the organization’s grand opening is in one-month.

    I understand it is standard to provide two-weeks notice prior to leaving your current employment, but as you can see I don't really have an option.

    Therefore, what should I say in my resignation letter? Should I be specific? Detailed?

    Reason: I want my vacation pay-out and do not want to lose the remaining benefits for leaving earlier than anticipated. What would you say or do?

    All the advice would be greatly appreciated - I know there may be a simple answer, but I just want to ensure I do it the "right-way."

    Thank you in advance for your help RJ'ers!
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    Nov 17, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    I'm not sure how it works in the US. Regardless of how you word your Resignation Letter, you'd lose your benefits due to early Termination and breach of the contract you signed when starting to work for your current employer. However Vacation Pay, you should receive the amount of funds that you have earn up to the day of your resignation.

    Do you have a contract with your current employer? If so, is work for that contract finished? As if it's not, I hope you have a very good lawyer. Your letter should probably be short and to the point.

    "Dear Employer X,

    I regret to inform you, but I have accepted a position outside of the organization. As such I will be leaving my current position as _____________(whatever it is you do) on __________________(date/2010)

    If you wish to discuss this with me please contact me via email:_____________, telephone:_______________, or mail: _______________.

    _______________(your name)
    (Your Position)"

    The problem with leave your current company without two weeks notice is that you now put them into a position where they will need to invest in replacing you. There have been cases in Canada where employees have sought their benefits and vacation pay and been counter sued for the funds that were required to find a replacement for them as they breached their original contract.

    Good Luck.