Professional Resignation Letter Example

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When you resign from employment, it's a good idea to provide the company with a professional resignation letter informing your employer that you will be leaving. This formal letter leaves the company with a strong and positive impression of you as an employee.

That can be helpful in the future, if you need a reference from the company or your manager. Plus, it's always a good idea to put important information in writing — that way, you can ensure that your last day is known, and there can be no questions about when you are departing the company. This also demonstrates to future employers who request your employment records that you left the job of your own volition rather than being fired.

Below, you'll find a resignation letter example that you can use as inspiration if you need to write one of your own. You'll also find tips about what information to include in your resignation letter, as well as how to handle in-person communications during your remaining time at the company. 

Professional Resignation Letter Example (Text Version)

January 15, 2018

Ms. Margaret Manager
Chief Executive Officer
Acme Company
456 Main Street
Huntington, NY 12345

Dear Ms. Manager,

I am writing to notify you that I am resigning from my position as Customer Service Manager with Acme Company. My last day of employment will be February 1.

I appreciate the opportunities I have been given during my time with your company, as well as your professional guidance and support.

I wish you and the company the best of success in the future.

If I can assist with the transition to my successor, please do let me know.

Very sincerely,

Signature (hard copy letter)

Jill Employee

What to Include in Your Resignation Letter 

Note that the letter is brief and to-the-point — you have no obligation to share details about why you are leaving the company or where you are going next. When it comes down to it, there are three important things to include in your letter: 

  • The fact that you are resigning;
  • When your last day of work will be; 
  • A “thank you” for the opportunity of having been able to work for the employer.

Since this is a formal letter, you'll also need to include the date you wrote it. If anyone looks at your letter in the future, this will help make it clear that you have provided two weeks’ notice before your departure, which is frequently required in employment contracts.

If you have the availability, you should also extend an offer to help during the transition that will occur.

This might include training your replacement or writing a list of your daily work responsibilities and / or open projects for their use so that they can “hit the ground running,” with as little disruption to your department as possible. 

Just as important as the information you do include in your letter is the information you omit. You want to leave a good impression with your resignation letter. Even if you were unhappy at your job or dislike the company or your colleagues, now is not the time to voice those opinions. Keep your letter civil and gracious. See more tips for writing a resignation letter

Your letter can be addressed to either your manager or your human resources contact, and you can send it as an email or else print out and send a hard copy. Here are resignation email message examples to help you draft your own, and more resignation letter samples are also available for review. 

What You Need to Know Before You Resign 

If you have a contract, make sure you are familiar with the terms before you quit your job

If you have a strong rapport with your manager or supervisor, it is also considerate to speak with them in person to let them know that you will be submitting your formal letter of resignation. Letting your boss know that you will be leaving before you officially resign gives them extra time to absorb the news and prepare the team for your departure.

Be aware that even if you offer two weeks’ notice, there is a chance that the company will not take you up on it.

The company may accept your resignation as effective immediately. Make sure you are prepared for this possibility financially. Just in case this should occur, you should also clear out your computer before you tender your resignation. If you are asked to leave immediately, you may not have time to delete files or write down email addresses and names so you can keep in touch with colleagues. 

Here are more resignation do's and don'ts that will help you ensure the process of quitting your position goes smoothly.