Sample Resignation Letter for a Retail Position

If You Work in Retail, Keep Your Letter Short and Simple

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When you leave a position, whether in the corporate world or in retail, it's important to leave graciously and on good terms. To do that, you need to give your manager sufficient notice (i.e., at least two weeks) and you'll likely need to write a letter of a resignation. A letter of resignation is a formality but it's a formality that gets filed away in human resources so your letter needs to be professionally appropriate.

Even if you hate your job, keep your letter professional and straightforward. Viral articles and videos abound about employees dramatically quitting or writing scathing resignation letters. While it's entertaining to watch the escapades of others, if you indulge in an emotional meltdown or submit an angry resignation letter, you'll cause yourself a great deal of harm down the road. You may be surprised to discover how small (and close-knit) professional networks actually are. The boss you attack today could be the cousin of tomorrow's next potential employer, and that will hurt your chances of getting hired.  

What Does a Resignation Letter Need to Include?

There is no need to write a long letter or express a great deal of emotion. Even though your letter is work-related, short and sweet is perfectly fine. In resignation letters, it suffices to simply say that you are quitting and include your last day of employment.

If you previously discussed your resignation with your manager, then include the date of that discussion as well. Some people choose to give a reason, such as a new opportunity, the need to relocate, or the birth of a child, but that is not required. Also, be sure to sign and date the document.

If you have had a good relationship at work and are willing to train your replacement, then go ahead and include that in your letter.

Resignation letters are typically kept on file and helping through the transition period will remind your manager and human resources that you possess a professional demeanor. This will prove to be helpful when you ask for a reference. 

Sample Retail Job Resignation Letter


Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

Please consider this letter my formal resignation from my position as a retail sales associate, effective June 30, 20XX.

I recently accepted a position with another company that will help get me closer to achieving my dream of becoming a Merchandise Buyer for a department store. I thoroughly enjoyed working at Great Bends Beauty Outlet and I will miss the management team, the customers, and my coworkers. 

I am happy to perform my sales duties for the next month, so please do not hesitate to keep me on the schedule. In addition, if it would be helpful, I am happy to help train my replacement. 

I want you to know that learned a great deal from you and appreciate the time you spent training me.


Your Signature  (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

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