Best Resignation Letter Examples

Letter and Email Samples to Use to Resign From a Job

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Do you need to write a resignation letter? Here are some of the best resignation letter examples you can use to leave your job, including basic and formal letters; retirement letters; letters giving two weeks notice, no notice, short notice, personal reasons; letters announcing a new job; and email samples.

Whatever the circumstances of your departure, the samples below can help you craft a polite and appropriate resignation letter.

 Get ideas on what information to include in your letter, as well as what information to leave out.

When designing your own resignation letter, you can use these samples for inspiration. However, be sure to tailor the letter to fit your individual circumstances.

Best Resignation Letter Examples and Templates

Basic Resignation Letter Example
This is a basic resignation letter you can use to notify your supervisor that you're leaving.

Two Weeks Notice Resignation Letter Example 
Use this resignation letter example when you are providing your employer with two weeks notice.

Simple Letter of Resignation Sample
Use this letter of resignation sample to formally inform your employer that you are submitting your resignation. This letter is brief and to the point.

Professional Resignation Letter
Use this professional resignation letter example when you are providing your company with formal notice that you are resigning from employment.

Formal Resignation Letter
An example to formally tell your employer that you are submitting your resignation.

Resignation Letter Example with Regret
Use this resignation letter example when you want to express your regret at leaving.

Thank You Resignation Letter Example
Resignation letter thanking your employer and asking to keep in touch.

Independent Contractor Resignation Letter
This is an independent contractor resignation letter you can send via mail, as an email attachment, or in an email message.

Heartfelt Resignation Letter Examples
This resignation letter example includes thanks and appreciation for the opportunities provided by the employer. Here's another letter that expresses sincere gratitude and appreciation for a manager and an organization.

Email Resignation Messages Examples
Review resignation email message examples and sample resignation announcements to inform colleagues and clients that you are leaving your job.

Short Notice Resignation Letters

Generally, you want to provide your employer with at least two weeks notice when you resign. However, sometimes circumstances require you to resign with less notice. While this is not ideal, sending a professional, courteous resignation letter can make the process go more smoothly.

The following are resignation letters to use when you are providing less than two weeks notice.

24 Hours Notice Resignation Letter
Use this letter when circumstances require you to resign right away.

Resignation Letter Effective Immediately
This resignation letter example is for an employee who is leaving immediately.

Resignation Letter Example No Notice
Use this example when you need to resign without providing two weeks notice.

Short Notice Resignation Letters
Here are letter and email examples, with tips for what to write, to use when you have to give less than the required notice. 

Resignation Letters With a Reason for Leaving

You don't have to give a reason when you resign, but under some circumstances you may want to let your employer know why you're moving on. Here are examples of resignation letters that provide a reason for quitting a job.

Resignation Letter Example with a Reason
Use this resignation letter example when you want to thank your employer and provide a reason for your resignation.

New Job Resignation Letter Examples
Use this resignation letter sample to advise your employer that you're leaving your job because you were offered a new opportunity.

Here's another example of a new job resignation letter, a letter for when you have been offered your dream job, and an example of what to write when you're leaving for a job that is a promotion.

Career Change Resignation Letter
Letter of resignation example to use to resign from employment when you are changing careers.

Resignation Due to Changes at Company
This example is for an employee who is leaving because of organizational changes at the company.

Relocation Resignation Letter
Here is a resignation letter example you can use to announce your resignation to your employer. This letter mentions that the writer is relocating.

Resignation Letter Example for Returning to School
This resignation letter example is for an employee leaving his or her first job and returning to school.

Personal and Family Reasons Resignation Letters
Use this resignation letter sample to tell your employer that you're leaving your job because of personal reasons.  Also, here's a letter to resign for family reasons.

Maternity Leave Resignation Letters
Here's an example of an email sent to resign during a maternity leave. Also, review an example of a resignation letter sent when you have decided not to return to work after a maternity leave.

Resignation Letter for Retirement
Resignation letter example announcing retirement from employment.

Retirement Letters
Retirement letter samples are written to inform your employer about your pending retirement.

Job Specific Resignation Letters

Board Resignation Letter Example
Resignation letter example to use to resign from a board.

Nurse Resignation Letter Example
Letter of resignation example for a nurse giving notice.

Teacher Letter of Resignation Example
Letter of resignation example to use when you are a teacher resigning from a position with a school.

Temporary Job Resignation Letter Example
Use this resignation letter sample to formally notify an organization where you have been temping that you are submitting your resignation and will not be completing the assignment.

Volunteer Resignation Letter Sample
Resignation letter sample for a volunteer position.

Letters for Colleagues

Farewell Letter Examples
Sample farewell letters to send to co-workers, with advice on what to include when you tell them you're leaving your job.

Goodbye Letter Samples
Letters for when you accept a new job, are retiring or resigning for other reasons, or your co-worker is the one moving on to a new position.

Funny Resignation Letters

Funny Resignation Letter
This funny resignation letter is one that you might wish you could give to your boss when you resign, but probably should not.

Rude Resignation Letter
This rude resignation letter is one that you might like to send or email to your boss, but shouldn't.

Resignation Letter Format and Templates

Not sure how to structure your letter? Check out these letter formats and templates to help you organize your letter in a clear, professional way.

Resignation Letter Format
This resignation letter format will give you an example of what to write in your resignation letter.

Resignation Letter Templates
These resignation letter templates will give you an example of what to include in your resignation letter. Edit them to fit your circumstances.

Retirement Letter Template
Retirement letter sample you can use to inform your employer about your pending retirement.

Farewell Letter Template
Use this template to write a farewell letter to your co-workers.

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