Short Notice Resignation Letter

Letter of Resignation Asking to Leave Before Two Weeks

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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 him or her 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, and you need to leave before the full two weeks. 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.

Use this resignation letter example to ask to resign without giving a full two weeks notice.

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

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Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. The provided information, including samples and examples, is not guaranteed for accuracy or legality. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.

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