A short resignation letter example that gets the job done


Quitters can prosper when using a classy resignation letter example.

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 using a professional resignation letter can keep the door open for future jobs. Your future boss or employer may come from your past — so always leave your current position with style and grace.

Colleagues, bosses, and Human Resources peeps from past positions can often re-enter your work life if your industry draws from a small employment pool. People change jobs, corporations fold, freelance gigs pop up, and entrepreneurs build new and fresh organizations. So be sure to stay on good terms with people from your past (even if you don’t like them) so future opportunities are possible.

Besides, with social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook it’s far too easy for a slighted employer or employee to amplify your negative parting words, so don’t let a bad post become the sign post for your career.

Check out Don’t be a jerk: How to write a classy resignation letter for the five reasons why you’ll benefit from a simple resignation letter example.

Resignation Letter Example

Resignation Letter Example

Download: Resignation Letter

This letter of resignation example is pretty darn short at only three lines. Saying you’re leaving, giving notice, and offering “Thanks” does not require pages of copy. Your resignation letter is neither a confessional nor an explanation, so don’t feel you need to voice parting words. No swearing and no “I told you so’s” either. Three lines. Done.

OK, I once witnessed a colleague quit in one sentence: “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” as a homage to Douglas Adams in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Just don’t.


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  1. patrick December 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    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 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm

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

    Thank you for your help!

  3. suzanne ranger January 14, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    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 5, 2014 at 12:31 am

    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 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    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 29, 2014 at 9:26 am

    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 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

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

  8. Bree November 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    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 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    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.

  10. Lindsay December 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I just started a sales associate position a week and a half ago, and there’s already so many red flags. Everyone talks bad about everyone, and I learned that in this small company, of 10-15 employees, 30 employees have been hired on and resigned over the course of 2015. Thankfully, I received a job offer with a great company and they want me to start immediately. Is it terrible if I give my manager an immediate resignation letter?

  11. Jake January 6, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Short, simple, and to the point. Thank you.

  12. Mark Krediet January 16, 2016 at 1:46 am

    I was laid off from my job as a web designer 4 weeks ago. My employer hasn’t given a return date at all, but he calls or emails me every other day with questions about work and has even gone as far as asking me to work on some projects. Without pay of course. Recently, I have gotten some pretty nasty comments from my employer because the company found out I picked up some freelance design work. Even though I have never signed a no compete clause. They feel I have gone against them with their competitor. Is there any legal stand on their part of I was to give them a letter of resignation. I have never taken a dime of unemployment either.

  13. James July 2, 2016 at 2:48 am


    How to write a resignation letter without sounding like you are not willing to leave? I am have a better offer from the other company.

  14. mlb September 24, 2016 at 1:15 am

    It is impossible to write a resignation letter that sounds as if you do not want to leave. There’s an old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

    Leave or stay. Make a decision.

  15. J Allenso December 23, 2018 at 9:30 pm


    This is very helpful….Thank You!!

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