Part-Time Job Resignation Letter Samples and Tips

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Are you ready to move on from a part-time job? What's the best way to quit your part-time job? Do you need to give two weeks notice? How should you tell your manager?

In general, it's the same way you'd quit a full-time job. Even though the job isn't full-time, it's important to resign gracefully. You may need a reference from your employer in the future. It's always a good idea to keep it professional when you leave a job, even if you're only working a few hours a week.

Here are tips for quitting a part-time job, with examples of resignation letters to use to quit.

How to Quit a Part-Time Job

If giving notice and providing a formal resignation letter seems excessive—after all, you probably don't have health insurance, retirement benefits, or many of the other perks of full-time employment— keep in mind that one of the reasons it's important to quit any job with grace is that you don't want to burn your bridges.

Sure, you could stomp off with a day's notice and no explanation, but it's a small world. You don't want your former colleagues (and bosses) to remember you as someone who couldn't be counted on. You never know when you might run into them again in your career.

The usual rules of writing a resignation letter apply: be polite, give at least two weeks notice, if it's feasible, and be sure to say thank-you for the opportunity—even if you're secretly delighted to be moving on.

What Your Resignation Letter Should Include

  • Your intention to leave the job.
  • Your last day of employment.
  • Why you are leaving (optional).
  •  Any other details or requests. This is a good place to let your boss know when you'll wrap up X project, for example, or to ask them if you can skip a meeting in favor of a colleague who'll still be around.
  • A thank-you to your boss and co-workers for the experience and opportunity.

What You Can Leave Out

  • Any information you don't feel comfortable sharing. For example, you're not obligated to tell your soon-to-be former employer where you're going next or the exact reasons why you're leaving. You're free to do so if you feel like it, but it's not required.
  • A lot of day-to-day details about your last two weeks. If you need to remind your manager of what you manage and suggest people to take over in the short-term, you can do that in a separate communication or meeting.
  • Any negative feelings about the company.

Remember that you want to leave on a high note so that you'll be in a good position if you ever need a recommendation or professional reference.

How to Send Your Resignation Letter

You have several options for sharing your resignation letter with your manager. If you're working on-site, you can provide your supervisor with the letter in-person when you're telling them that you're resigning. Or you can follow-up with a copy of the letter after your meeting.

If you're working remotely, the best option is to email your resignation letter to your manager and human resources department. Be sure to include your name and the fact that you're resigning in the subject line of the message, so your message gets opened and read. You may want to follow up with a phone call to confirm receipt if you don't get a response in a timely manner.

There aren't many circumstances where you would mail a printed letter to your employer, but if that makes sense to you given your employment circumstances, you can do so.

Part-Time Job Resignation Letter Samples

Use these resignation letter samples to formally notify an organization where you have a part-time job that you are you are submitting your resignation.

Short and Sweet Resignation Letter Example

Download the letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Part-Time Job Resignation Letter Sample (Text Version)

Kendra Lau
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
555-555-5555
kendra.lau@email.com

July 24, 2020

Jeff Dougherty
Account Manager
Ivory Dental
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Ms. Dougherty:

I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Ivory Dental. However, I wanted to let you know that I have secured a full-time position. My last day of work will be August 7, 2020.

I appreciate the opportunities you have provided me during my time with the office.

Sincerely,

Kendra Lau (signature hard copy letter)

Kendra Lau

Detailed and Personal Part-Time Job Resignation Sample

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

July 24, 2020

Brett Greene
Manager
Acme Marketing
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mr. Greene:

I want to thank you for everything I've learned while working at Acme Marketing. I've learned more here than I did in my half my classes, and I truly appreciated the opportunity to learn hands-on skills in your department.

Unfortunately, as you know, my semester is about to come to an end, and since I'll be starting a full-time job in Seattle in the fall, I wanted to give you notice now. My last day of work will be August 21, 2020. I hope this extra notice will give you time to line up a replacement, as well as get the team through the busy season. Please let me know if I can be of assistance with training.

Thanks again for a wonderful year, and for all that you and the team have taught me.

Sincerely,

Michael Rodriguez (signature hard copy letter)

Michael Rodriguez