Resignation Letter Example

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Quitters can prosper. Whether you’re resigning from a great job for an even greater opportunity or you’re quitting a career that sucks, resigning from your position with a professional resignation letter can keep the door open for future jobs.

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Don't be a jerk: How to write a classy resignation letter

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Don't be a jerk: How to write a classy resignation letter

Five rules for writing a resignation letter with professionalism and class.

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Resignation Letter Example

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This letter of resignation is pretty darn short at only three lines, I know. Saying you’re leaving, giving notice, and offering “Thanks” does not require pages of copy. Promise.

Love,
Kerry

Your two cents:

  1. patrick December 23rd, 2013

    this is a big help, but what if we have decided to leave for negative reasons in the company? What do I do if i need to get things off my chest to my boss so that she knows exactly why I’m leaving?

  2. Britney January 2nd, 2014

    How do I write a letter of resignation due to a college internship?

    Thank you for your help!

  3. suzanne ranger January 14th, 2014

    I am in the same situation regarding Patrick’s questions on December 23rd 2013.
    I have been employed with this company for 6 years.

  4. Wisam March 5th, 2014

    if you want to get something off your chest, send an “intent of resignation letter”, means send an email to your boss explain why you hate your job and what do you want to make it better, you have the intention of resigning any ways, so its a win-win situation, if your boss replies with a positive response, then you got what you want, and if he reply in a negative way (happened to me), then at least you got it off your chest, and you can proceed with a resignation letter :).

  5. shannon April 24th, 2014

    time sensitive: how do i write a resignation letter where in i am breaching contract? Apparently there is a 4week notice policy where i work. I have never broke a policy before of any kind. But they wanted me to start next week and i said i needed to give notice.. they gave me a start date in 2 weeks! after the fact i discovered the policy today.

    do i address this in my resignation letter or say nothing and let the chips fall as they may?

    i thought i might say “regretably i am unable to give 4 weeks notice.” ???

  6. Coraline April 29th, 2014

    This was so helpful. The template was perfect. I had no idea how to phrase “I am leaving a decent(ish) dead end job at a nice place with mostly good people after 10 years because being unemployed is a much less depressing/scary prospect than waking up and going to work. Also, a 3 1/2 – 4 hour daily commute with no hope of being able to move closer is just not something I can handle doing any more.” Those details are better said in person, if at all. Thanks!

  7. Lons May 12th, 2014

    To think I was stressing over this resignation letter business. I found this very helpful.

  8. Bree November 30th, 2014

    I just started my job a week ago and there is already a lot of issues with my job. But the main one is that I live 45 mins. away from my job and I dont have a car, my sister drives me. All my hours have been late and she cant come get me so late. So should I just do it quick or try to wait?

  9. Jay December 1st, 2014

    Thanks for this brief but helpful post. For Patrick, Suzanne and anyone else in a similar situation: don’t leave a paper trail. If you need to vent, ask for a meeting and do it face to face. If your employer refuses, let it go and move on with your life. The potential blowback for an angry screed isn’t worth the temporary benefit of telling off your boss.

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