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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Resignation letter

How to write resignation letter?

A change in job is an important time in one's career. While you may have written a great acceptance letter to your future employer stating your intent to join, it's equally important to leave your current employer on a positive note.

Writing a professional resignation letter would ensure that people remember you when you leave and the employers keep their gates open, in case you decide to come back in the future.

Here are some things to keep in mind when composing a resignation letter.

State your intention clearly

There is no need for lengthy explanations, you can simply state that you are resigning from your position to pursue other interests or opportunities. Keep it brief, but respectful, and mark the letter to your direct supervisor with a copy to the Human Resource manager.

Mention things that you would want to negotiate

Your resignation letter should provide a structure for your meeting with your boss. You can politely state what you deserve, such as a payout that was pending, vacation time, or any bonuses that were supposed to come your way.

Don't be overtly demanding, as you still have an exit interview to state your needs.

List down your current projects and completion dates

Your boss may not know the details of all the projects you are currently working on. It is your responsibility to remind him of the same. Provide a list of projects and their expected dates of completion, if there are any tasks that may not get completed within your notice period, explain the backup plan that you have in mind. As far as possible, finish the job and don't leave projects half completed.

Offer to train your replacement

You could also recommend colleagues who can take up your responsibilities, to your boss.

Share resumes of qualified candidates or recommend a valued co-worker for your position.

Also, mention your willingness to put in a few extra hours to train your replacement. Proofread your letter for errors and save a copy for your reference before sending it out.

Farewell e-mails

By the time you finish serving your notice period, the word about your resignation would have spread around. So there is no need for sending out a sobbing e-mail, or one which boasts of your accomplishment.

Just 'thank everyone' for their support and provide your contact details (personal e-mail ID and phone number).

A sample letter:

Dear Mr Ponraj,

I would like to resign from my job with immediate effect. I have taken this decision to pursue another opportunity that would act as a catalyst in my career.

I would be serving a one month notice starting tomorrow and would like to be relieved of my responsibilities by February 15, 2007. I would like to thank you for your support and insights that made my stint a great learning experience.

I am currently working on the following projects:
  • Conducting market research for our proposed product -- slated to be completed by end of this week.
  • Studying the sales trends for the last six months and providing a report -- slated to be completed by February 8.

I would like to discuss the following when we meet:
  • My pending bonus for the current financial year.
  • Vacation time and its adjustment with the notice period.

I would like to recommend a few team members for my position and would be happy to train and support my replacement.

Please let me know of a convenient time to meet and discuss the same.

Yours sincerely,
Ponraj R
Designation & department

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sugar Pongal

How to make Sugar(Chakara) pongal

I have learned a new thing in this year which is how to cook Sugar Pongal.
Here I am sharing what i have learned so that the people who are living away from home can make use of it.


Raw Rice
1/2 kg (2 1/2 cups)
Moong Dal
200 gm (1 cup)
400 gm
4 pieces
Cashew Nut
10 pieces
Dry grapes
10 pieces
100 gm

Cooking Steps
  1. Powder the jaggery and keep it aside.
  2. Powder the cardamom and keep it aside.
  3. Heat the ghee in a pan, roast cashew and dry grapes till it turns golden brown and keep it aside.
  4. Mix rice and Moong dal together and wash it couple of times in water.
  5. Add 6 cups of water and little bit of salt.
  6. Cook the mixture in the pressure cooker.
  7. Switch off the pressure cooker after 3 whistles and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Open the pressure cooker and heat it again with the fire at silm level in the stove.
  9. Add the powdered jaggery to the rice mixture in the cooker and mix it well.
  10. Add the roasted mixture and cardamom to the Pongal in the pressure pan and mix it.
  11. Switch off the stove and serve the sugar ponga (chakara pongal) hot.

Article By:
Prasanna Jayaraman

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