Reading Correspondence The Resignation Letter
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Directions: Read the following letter.
Dear Mrs. Malone:
I would hereby like to inform you of my intent to cordially resign from this company. As you know, I have recently celebrated my 67th birthday, and I feel that this would be an appropriate time for me to wind up my time with McMurray Engineering Limited, and to retire from the working world. I would like to express some feelings and opinions about my time with this company.
First and foremost, it has been an incredible experience. I started as a junior engineer when I was fresh out of university. That would have been over 40 years ago now. I would say that it seems like yesterday, but frankly, it seems more like forever ago that I started working for this company. This would have been before your time, but McMurray Engineering used to be located down the street, in an old sandstone building. We had a small office on the main floor, with just enough room for three desks. I was actually the first engineer that was hired by the company. They were just getting started at the time, so it was a very small operation. I remember walking through the front door for the interview. Fred Matthews and Sam Jackson were there, with their noses to the grindstone as usual. I seem to remember that they were
busy with their first project, which would have been oilsands related. They needed an engineer for that job, and that’s where I came in.
I’m sure it was more good timing on my part than my actual qualifications or skills. They practically handed me the job as I walked in, and I started that very same day. I was sent to various sites throughout northern Alberta, taking core samples here, doing seismic work there. It was all valuable experience that would later stand me in good stead when I was to become QC Engineer, some five years later. I was put in charge of a team of roughly 20 engineers, and led several big projects throughout the province and Saskatchewan, which I traveled to for work dozens of times. We continued to grow over the course of several years, thanks to the success of our projects. We moved into
our current location, a much bigger, nicer office, probably close to 30 years ago.
Now, some 40 years later, I look back and I treasure every opportunity that the company has given me. I have had nothing but positive experiences working for McMurray Engineering, and you have contributed to that experience. As my direct supervisor, you have led me with patience, understanding, and professionalism. I appreciate having been treated so well as an employee, and it has been a pleasure working with you.
If possible, I would like to make my last day of employment with McMurray Engineering on Friday, April 30. Please advise if this date will work for you and for the rest of the department.
With sincere thanks,
Directions: Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the above letter.
1. Mr. Senopal is _____.
a. quitting his job.
d. going to celebrate his 67th birthday.
2. Mrs. Malone _____.
a. has been with the company longer than Mr. Senopal.
b. is Mr. Senopal’s superior.
c. is the sender of this letter.
d. does not need to respond to this letter.
3. McMurray Engineering _____.
a. started as a large company.
b. has always been in the same building.
c. put Mr. Senopal on their first project.
d. hired Mr. Senopal after a long series of job interviews.
4. Mr. Senopal _____.
a. kept the same position throughout his career.
b. worked in at least two different provinces.
c. traveled to Saskatchewan a couple of times.
d. stood in good stead.
5. The success of the projects _____.
a. was thanks to the growth.
b. moved the office.
c. continued to grow.
d. resulted in growth.
6. Mr. Senopal expresses direct appreciation to _____.
a. his team.
b. Fred Matthews.
c. Sam Jackson.
d. Judith Malone.
7. Mr. Senopal needs _____.
a. some advice.
b. to rest with the department.
c. confirmation of something.
d. to make his last day of employment.
Directions: Read the response to the above letter. Answer the questions by choosing the best word or phrase to complete the sentence, referring to the above letter when necessary.
To: Mr. William Senopal
From: Judith Malone, Senior Project Engineer
While I am sad to hear you will be leaving the company after so many years, I completely understand and (8. agree / respect / enjoy / hope) your decision to retire. It is certainly well deserved!
I never knew that the company came from such small (9. beginnings / office / place / people). How intriguing it was to read about your first meeting with Fred and Sam, and about the small office they (10. work / met / started / originally) in. Times have certainly changed.
Regarding your final (11. time / ending / retirement / date) with the company, I believe you still have some vacation days left over. Let me do some calculating here, and see if we can either (12. cancel / adjust / make / decide) your finish date, or pay out your remaining vacation days. I will get back to you on that.
Reading Correspondence The Resignation Letter Answers
Reading for Correspondence “The Resignation Letter”
1) a: At the time of this letter, Mr. Senopal is (in the process of) quitting his job.
2) b: In Paragraph 4, Mr. Senopal says that Ms. Malone is his supervisor, or superior.
3) c: In Paragraph 2, the last two sentences explain that Mr. Senopal was put on the company’s first project.
4) b: Paragraph 3 explains that Mr. Senopal worked in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
5) d: Paragraph 3 mentions that “We continued to grow over the course of several years, thanks to the success of our projects.” = The success of the projects resulted in growth.
6) d: In Paragraph 4, Mr. Senopal shows direct appreciation for Ms. Malone.
7) c: In the last paragraph of his letter, Mr. Senopal is requesting for Ms. Malone to confirm if April 30 will be his last day with the company.
8) respect: “respect” is the only logical choice for this sentence (“agree” would require the preposition “with” or “to”).
9) beginnings: “small beginnings” refers to the small size that the company started at.
10) started: Fred and Sam started the company in a small.
11) date: “final date” refers to Mr. Senopal’s request to finish working on April 30.
12) adjust: Ms. Malone may have to adjust (=move or change) the finish date.