Immediate Resignation Letter Examples

Person using laptop
Hitoshi Nishimura / The Image Bank / Getty Images

Though it is not ideal, in some cases you may need to leave your job immediately without giving notice because of family or personal issues. 

Below you will find both an example of a resignation letter sample to let your employer that you're leaving your job immediately because of personal reasons, and an example of a letter from someone resigning immediately without providing a reason for leaving.

Although not always possible, it may be a good idea to initially break this type of news in person, or over the phone. If you do provide a verbal resignation, however, you should also back it up with a written letter so you have documentation, if needed, for your stated last day of work.

What to Write When You Need to Quit Right Away

It’s important to keep in mind that, if possible, you should do your best to provide a satisfactory explanation for your immediate resignation - especially if you want to maintain a positive relationship with the employer in the future.

Know that you do not owe your employer all of the specific details to your circumstances. However, if you do want to provide a bit more information on your circumstances, you can keep your letter vague (e.g., you are leaving due to “personal reasons” or “family circumstances”) and then offer further explanation in a follow-up conversation, though this is not necessary.

Since sudden resignations can be troublesome for companies, it is important to be highly professional in your letter. If you want to try to leave on good terms despite the circumstances, then offer your apologies and your willingness to do your best to assist with the transition. However, if your situation would limit you from being involved in the transition, be honest about this.

You don’t want to over promise something you cannot deliver.

Even if you are leaving because of a conflict, refrain from any personal vindication of an employee or a supervisor and keep your communication neutral.

Read on for two sample letters you can use as inspiration to write your own resignation letter.

Immediate Resignation Letter Sample - Personal Reasons

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email


City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

I regret to inform you that I am resigning from my position here immediately as a Business Development Consultant for personal reasons. My last day will be tomorrow. I know this is unexpected, but am happy to assist you in the replacement process to help alleviate the transition.

I cannot thank you enough for the opportunities this company has provided me. Working here for the last five years has been incredibly instrumental in my personal growth, and I will never forget the colleagues and friends I have made here.

I will miss both the customers and the company alike very much.

If there is anything I can do to help make this transition easier, please let me know. I do not intend to inconvenience you with this news, and I hope you will accept my most sincere apologies in making June 1st my final day here.

If necessary, I can be available for phone and email inquiries from home on a limited basis for the weeks following my departure date.

Thank you so much for your understanding in this matter. I have loved my job and I will look back on my time here with wonderful memories.


Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

Immediate Resignation Letter Sample Without a Reason

Mr. Grayson Keeler
National Pride Bank
666 Heep Rd.
Newton, MA 02458

Dear Mr. Keeler,

Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from National Pride Bank as loan manager.

While my contract requires me to work until February 3, I would be obliged if I could cease work immediately. I will assume this is satisfactory unless otherwise noted.

Please let me know if I can be of assistance during the transition.

Respectfully yours,

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

Read More: Personal Reasons Resignation Letters | Family Reasons Resignation Letter | How to Resign for Personal Reasons