Tips for Writing a Letter of Resignation With Samples

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What Is a Resignation Letter?

Ready to resign from your job? A resignation letter is a short letter formally advising your employer that you are leaving your job. A resignation letter can help you maintain a positive relationship with your old employer by leaving with a strong and positive final impression, while also paving the way for you to move on.

Why Write a Resignation Letter?

A letter of resignation is written to announce to human resources, superiors, and co-workers your intent to leave your current position.

It is polite to send this letter out well in advance (especially as required by contract), with two weeks being generally accepted as the minimum.

You never know when you might need that previous employer to give you a reference, so it makes sense to take the time to write a polished and professional resignation letter. Your resignation letter also provides official notice that you're terminating your employment with the company.

Tips for What to Include in a Resignation Letter

Resignation letters not only describe the employee’s intent to leave but also provide information about the last day worked and other requests or details. This eases the transition for both employer and employee.

In order to maintain a positive and graceful exit, a letter of resignation often thanks the employer for the opportunities provided and mention experiences gained at the company or how the employee enjoyed their time there.

Often, resignation letters will also offer to help in the transition, whether it be recruiting or training the new replacement. In this way, both the employee and the employer can leave the situation with closure and a sense of respect and amicability. Review these tips for how to write a resignation letter.

Resignation letters are not an appropriate place for complaints or critiques of the employer or co-workers. There are some things that should be left out of your letter. Here's a list of what not to include in a resignation letter.

Resignation Letter Samples

Review these resignation letter examples to get ideas for your own letter to use to resign from employment. There are general resignation letters, email messages, letters specifying a reason for leaving, and many other examples to use to announce you are leaving a job.

Basic Resignation Letters

The following are general resignation letters that can be used for any circumstances. They are short and to the point.

Resignation Letter Examples With a Reason

Review resignation letters that provide a specific reason for leaving, and letters and email messages for special circumstances including no notice and short notice.

Email Resignation Messages and Announcements

Review resignation email message examples and sample resignation announcements to use to resign from employment and to inform colleagues and clients that you are leaving your job.

Resignation Letter Templates

These are templates you can use as a starting point for your own letter.

Funny Resignation Letters

Here are resignation letters you might wish you could write, but shouldn't. Read through these to get a laugh or to vent negative feelings about an employer or supervisor.

Farewell to Co-Workers Letters

Review these letters for examples of how to let co-workers know you're moving on to a new position and provide them with your contact information.

Advice on How to Resign

How to Resign
When you resign from your job, it's important to resign gracefully and professionally. Give adequate notice to your employer, write a formal resignation letter, and be prepared to move on prior to submitting your resignation.

How to Say Good-Bye
You have found a new job and you're ready to give two-weeks notice to your current employer. Here's how to handle your departure.

Resignation Do's and Don'ts
How should you resign from your job? How about what you shouldn't do when turning in your resignation? Here's what you should (and what you shouldn't) do when resigning from your job.