Sample Letters of Intent to Resign

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Here are two letter of intent to resign examples to use to let your employer know you are leaving your job. When you make the decision to resign from your current position, you will need to submit this resignation formally, in writing.

Unless an employer’s human resources department specifically demands that your resignation is submitted on paper, this letter can either be a traditional formal letter of intent to resign (typed, printed, signed, stamped, and mailed) or it may be sent via email.

What to Include in Your Letter

Whichever format you choose, it's important to let your employer know when your last day of employment will be. It is also a good idea to keep your tone positive, even if you are resigning due to problems in the workplace. Not only might you need to request an employment reference from your current employer at some point in the future, but you will also want to ensure that you leave your job with your reputation for professionalism and integrity intact.

Finally, offer to assist your employer in the transition process that will arise from your departure: update your notes on current project statuses that will not be complete when you leave, ensure that all project and/or client files are up-to-date, inform your team members of your pending departure date, and offer to help train your successor if time allows.

What to Include in Your Letter

Please note that the following examples are intended to serve as generic models for you to customize to your own unique situation—you should not just copy and paste the text into your letter. Instead, add examples of things like the opportunities you have been provided during your job tenure (training, promotion, leadership opportunities).

While it is not necessary to explain your reason for leaving, you may choose to share that your decision has been predicated on family responsibilities or a new career opportunity. If you do decide to explain that you are moving on to a new job, express this simply, without denigrating your current employer or drawing unfavorable comparisons between your current and future positions.

Letter of Intent to Resign Example

This is an example of a letter of intent to resign. Download the intent to resign letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Letter of Intent to Resign Example (Text Version)

Lynn Rodriguez 
123 Main Street 
Anytown, CA 12345 
555-555-5555 
lynn.rodriguez@email.com

November 30, 2018

Samuel Lee 
Director, Human Resources 
Acme Software 123 Business Rd. 
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mr. Lee,

I am writing to announce my resignation from Company Name, effective January 15.

It was not an easy decision for me to make. The past five years have been very rewarding. I've enjoyed working for you and working on a very successful team dedicated to providing top level customer service.

Thank you for the opportunities that you have provided me during my tenure with the company.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help our department to transition to my replacement. I wish you and the company the very best and hope we can keep in touch in the future.

Sincerely,

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Lynn Rodriguez

Letter of Intent to Resign Email Message Example

If you are sending your letter of intent to resign via email, be sure to include a specific subject line so your message will be read in a timely manner:

Subject: Your Name - Resignation - Effective Date

Date

Name 
Title 
Organization 
Address City, State Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

I am emailing you to inform you of my resignation from Company Name, effective January 15.

It was a difficult decision for me to make since I have truly enjoyed working for you over the past five years. It has been wonderful collaborating with a department team dedicated to providing top levels of customer service, and exciting to see how our combined teamwork has contributed to our overall business growth.

Thank you for the opportunities that you have provided me during my tenure with the company.

Please let me know how I can help to prepare our team for their transition to my successor. I wish you and the company the very best and hope we can keep in touch in the future.

Sincerely,

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