How should you resign if you need to quit your job right away? The best way to quit a job, if possible, is to give at least two weeks' notice and to offer your assistance during the transition. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and sometimes circumstances intervene. Although it is not ideal, in some cases you may need to leave your job immediately without giving notice because of family, personal, or other issues.
How to Handle an Immediate Resignation
What's the best way to handle a resignation when you're not able to give notice? In this case, you may find yourself at a loss for words as you prepare to confront your soon-to-be-former-manager when you give notice. Should you share personal reasons for leaving? Should you still offer to help, even if you know that the interaction may be awkward after your sudden departure?
Resigning in Writing
It can be easier to tell your boss in writing, and a good template can help with a smooth exit. The resignation letter examples below offer two possibilities of what to write when you find yourself in this situation. The first is a sample letter from someone who is leaving their job immediately because of personal reasons, and the second is from someone resigning immediately without providing a reason for leaving. Be sure to tailor your letter to your specific situation and circumstances.
Following Up a Verbal Resignation With a Letter
Although not always possible, it may be a good idea to initially break this type of news in person, or over the phone. If you do provide a verbal resignation, however, you should also back it up with a written letter so you have documentation, if needed, for your stated last day of work.
What to Write When You Need to Quit Right Away
It’s important to keep in mind that, if possible, you should do your best to provide a satisfactory explanation for your immediate resignation—especially if you want to maintain a positive relationship with the employer in the future.
Know that you do not owe your employer all the specific details of your circumstances. However, if you do want to provide a bit more information on your circumstances, you can keep your letter vague (e.g., you are leaving due to “personal reasons” or “family circumstances”) and then offer a further explanation in a follow-up conversation, though this is not necessary.
Since sudden resignations can be difficult for companies, it is important to be highly professional in your letter. If you want to try to leave on good terms despite the circumstances, then offer your apologies and your willingness to do your best to assist with the transition.
However, if your personal circumstances would limit you from being involved in the transition, be honest about this. You don’t want to overpromise something you cannot deliver. Even if you are leaving because of a conflict, refrain from saying anything negative about an employee or a supervisor and keep your communication neutral.
Read on for two sample letters you can use as inspiration to write your own resignation letter.
Immediate Resignation Letter Sample - Personal Reasons
This is an immediate resignation letter example. Download the immediate resignation letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Immediate Resignation Letter Sample - Personal Reasons (Text Version)
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
September 1, 2019
Business Development Manager
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Ms. Lee:
I regret to inform you that I am resigning from my position here immediately as a Business Development Consultant for personal reasons. My last day will be tomorrow. I know this is unexpected, but am happy to assist you in the replacement process to help alleviate the transition.
I cannot thank you enough for the opportunities this company has provided me. Working here for the last five years has been incredibly instrumental in my personal growth, and I will never forget the colleagues and friends I have made here.
I will miss both the customers and the company alike very much.
If there is anything I can do to help make this transition easier, please let me know. I do not intend to inconvenience you with this news, and I hope you will accept my most sincere apologies in making June 1 my final day here.
If necessary, I can be available for phone and email inquiries from home on a limited basis for the weeks following my departure date.
Thank you so much for your understanding in this matter. I have loved my job, and I will look back on my time here with wonderful memories.
Immediate Resignation Letter With No Reason Example (Text Version)
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
September 1, 2019
Mr. Grayson Keeler
National Pride Bank
666 Heep Rd.
Newton, MA 02458
Dear Mr. Keeler:
Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from National Pride Bank as loan manager.
While my contract requires me to work until February 3, I would be obliged if I could cease work immediately. I will assume this is satisfactory unless otherwise noted.
Please let me know if I can be of assistance during the transition.
The Bottom Line
Talk to Your Boss: When possible, tell your boss in-person or on the phone that you need to resign right away.
You Don't Need to Give a Reason: It's not necessary to share the details of why you need to move on when you resign.
Offer to Help: If you have availability to help with the transition, it can smooth your departure.