Short Notice Resignation Letter Examples

Letters of Resignation Asking to Leave Your Job Early

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When you resign from a job, it is considered standard to give your employer two weeks notice before you depart from your position. This will give your manager time to plan for your departure, begin the hiring process, and make sure that your responsibilities are covered. 

It will also allow you to wrap up current projects, or make arrangements to transfer your responsibilities to a colleague or your replacement.


Unfortunately, sometimes it’s just not possible to provide the standard two weeks notice. Your employer will appreciate as much notice as you are able to give, so do let him or her know as soon as you are sure you will be leaving. 

If you need to resign with short notice, review the sample letters below. Plus, see best practices for what to include in your letter (and what to leave out). 

 Resignation Letter Sample - Short Notice

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


City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning from my position with ABCD Company. I understand that two weeks notice is standard. However, if at all possible, I would appreciate you releasing me from employment with the company as soon as possible.

I would be glad to provide any assistance I can during this transition.

Thank you for the opportunities for professional and personal development that you have provided me during the last five years.

I have enjoyed working for the agency and appreciate the support provided me during my tenure with the company.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you regarding the end date of my employment.


Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

Emailed Resignation Letter Sample - Short Notice

Subject Line: Resignation 

Dear Bob, 

Please accept this letter as my resignation from ABC Company. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, I won't be able to provide the standard two weeks notice. My last day at the company will be next Friday, October XX, 20XX. 

I apologize for the short notice. I've enjoyed working together tremendously, and have learned so much from your management. Please let me know what I can do in the next few days to help ease the transition. 

Thank you for your understanding. 



Tips for Writing a Short Notice Resignation Letter

You can tell your manager that you are quitting in person, over the phone, or in an email. Whichever way you choose, it's a good idea to write a formal letter of resignation, which the company can add to your employee file. Here's some strategies to keep in mind when you're writing your letter of resignation: 

  • Keep it short. Don't feel like you need to provide a tremendous amount of detail. The most important thing is to mention your last day in office. 
  • Should you share your reason for giving short notice? That depends on your reason — if you are providing short notice because you're unhappy at the job or dislike your manager or colleagues, do not share those details. However, if there are outside circumstances, such as a health crisis, sharing your reasons may help your employer feel sympathetic. (Remember, whenever possible, it's best to avoid burning bridges in the workplace.) 
  • Say thank you. In the same spirit of ending your relationship with your employer on good terms, express your gratitude for the opportunities you've had in the position.
  • Offer to help during the transition (optional). Providing assistance during the transition is not required but is a common courtesy to extend. 

Read More: Reasons Not to Give Two Weeks Notice | Should You Give Two Weeks Notice?

How to Send a Resignation Email Message

If you’re emailing your letter, here's how to send your email message including what to include, proofing, double checking that you have all the information you need, and sending a test message.

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