I started my new job back in October as I was frustrated with my former employment as I was no where near a promotion in my department.

I left for my new job that was a little bit more salary but ultimately less because of no overtime, I don't mind my new job but it does bore me quite often as I have been doing warehousing for 11+ years and it's a slower and quieter atmosphere here.

All of a sudden my former boss calls me and I have been offered a new job as injection moulding team leader with a lot of benefits and a huge pay rise,

How can I explain to my boss that I'm leaving for my old company without them thinking its just for the money?

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    Are you sure that all / most of reasons that caused your frustration will be gone?
    – Mołot
    Feb 21, 2017 at 13:12
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    Why do you have to tell them where you are going?
    – Masked Man
    Feb 21, 2017 at 14:33

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just fill in your resignation letter.

Dear [person]

I regret to inform you that I'm resigning from my position as [bla]. I have received a better opportunity that I find impossible to resist.

done. If your boss asks for more information, you can tell him you received a job offer at a position you feel you're more suited to.

  • Personally, I would spell received correctly. :) Feb 21, 2017 at 13:14
  • @Ghost GAH! my dyslexia always screws me over, thanks :)
    – Migz
    Feb 21, 2017 at 13:21

There is no need to tell your Boss anything, other than that you're quitting. In fact, it may hurt you if you say too much.

What can happen is someone from your soon-to-be-former company can decide to sabotage you if they know where you are going (or worse yet, who you will be working under). All it takes is a quick phone call:

"Hey Manager Bob at Acme, I understand Gregg Paddock took at job at your company. Speaking strictly off the record, I think you should know that we were on the verge of firing him for sexual harassment."

And then your new offer disappears.

You avoid all that with a modified version of @Migz's letter:

Dear [person]

I regret to inform you that I'm resigning from my position, effective [yyyy-mm-dd].



  • Don't mention where you're going to anyone - you can do that after you start working there
  • Don't update your social media (FB, LinkedIn) with your new position until later
  • Say nothing during your exit interview
  • Not sure if this is OP's true name, but you may want to edit it out from the quote, as reading this in a search engine's result summary might be confusing and cause OP exactly the kind of trouble you speak about :)
    – BartoszKP
    Sep 4, 2018 at 9:34

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