In the spring of 1999, I was faced with the prospect of going insane or quitting my dead-end job at Cypress Solutions. Having never quit a job before, I had no idea how to write a letter of resignation. It was actually quite easy quitting my crap job. Please feel free to use the letter below as a template.
In the few short months I've been at Electronic Arts, I've learned some important lessons. I realized that while I was at Cypress Solutions, I was in a poisoned environment. From almost the very first day I was there, I received extremely poor treatment from management. I was not given a chance to succeed. I was not provided the resources necessary to be successful. Despite being very determined to learn and prosper at my job, the conduct in which Cypress Solutions operated, beat down my confidence and the faith in my own abilities. No one should ever let any company or boss put them in this situation. You should always have faith in yourself and in your own worth. Once anything starts eroding your own confidence, you should immediately seek out the source of the problem. Everyone deserves to be shown respect as a human being, whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or even if you clean washrooms at the mall. Never forget that.
Working at EA has restored my confidence and faith in my abilities. It has shown me that hard work, perserverance, and a determination to succeed are qualities that actually pay dividends. Another lesson I learned is the importance of a company giving their employees a chance to succeed. EA constantly provides training to their employees to accomplish tasks they've been given. They understand it is useless to make people do things when they don't know how to do them. This seems logical, but I can't tell you how many companies like Cypress Solutions, don't get this point.
If you don't like your job right now, you owe it to yourself to find a way out. There are companies out there, like EA, that are worth working for. You spend at least eight hours a day, 40 hours a week at work, don't you think you should be enjoying yourself when you're there? Remember, this isn't the fifties anymore where you punch into some dingy factory everyday. Everyone should be able to say, "I love where I work!" If you can't honestly say that right now, then I strongly suggest you examine what's wrong with your job. You might have to take some chances to get where you want to be, but this is the only life you have to live. When you're 70 yrs. old and look back at your life, will you be bitter at how it turned out? Or will you have the satisfaction knowing you took control of your life and shaped it to what you wanted it to be?
You may find reasons not to change your life or convince yourself to stay the course, but don't take the cheap way out. You owe it to yourself.