Resignation Letter Example From a New Job

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Perhaps you just started a new job, and the position is not what you hoped it would be. Or maybe a personal circumstance requires you to resign from your new job. Either way, you want to resign as professionally and politely as possible.

Tips for Resigning From a New Job

Make sure you want to leave. Before resigning, make sure leaving is definitely the right decision for you. Perhaps you could talk to your boss about modifying your responsibilities or your schedule? Or maybe you want to stick it out for a little while longer to see if things change. However, if you are too unhappy, if you feel unsafe at work, or if a personal circumstance requires you to resign, then there is no need to wait. 

Give two weeks notice if possible. It is standard to give two weeks notice when resigning. Just because you haven’t been at the job long, doesn’t mean this rule no longer applies. If you cannot give two weeks notice for any reason, try to give as much notice as possible.

Do it in person. Speak with your boss in person about your decision to resign. Be ready to explain your reason for resigning. Bring your formal resignation letter with you.

Tips for Writing a Resignation Letter for a New Job

Use business letter format. This should be a professional letter, so it should be in business letter format. Include your contact information, the date, and the employer’s information at the top. Use a professional salutation and a complimentary close. Be sure to sign your letter as well.

Keep it brief. Keep your letter brief. You can explain why you are resigning, but do not go into unnecessary detail.

State the date. In the first paragraph, state the specific date you will be resigning. Again, try to give two weeks notice at least.

Keep it positive. Don’t say anything negative about the company in your letter, even if you were dissatisfied with the job. Remember that you may need to ask the employer for a letter of recommendation, or perhaps you’ll apply for another job at the company in the future. You might even use the letter to express gratitude for the opportunities you were given with the company.

Include your contact information. Provide some form of personal contact information so that the employer can reach you once you leave the company. You might put a personal email or cell phone number in the letter.

Offer to help. If you’ve been on the job long enough, you might offer to help train a new employee. However, if the job is very new, this might not apply.

Resignation Letter Sample - From a New Job

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

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Resignation Letter Sample - From a New Job (Text Version)

Leonard Jones
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345

September 1, 2018

Mark Lee
Director, Human Resources
LMN Inc.
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mr. Lee,

Please accept my resignation from my position, effective September 15, 2018. I was so pleased to begin my work here earlier last month at LMN Inc. However, a family emergency has come up and I, unfortunately, need to relocate immediately. As a result, I will be unable to fulfill my commitments here indefinitely.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during a personally tumultuous time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to ease the transition in any way, as I want to make this as painless as possible for you.

My apologies for not being able to stay on the job. I do appreciate the opportunities provided me, and I hope to stay in touch in the future.


Leonard Jones

Sending an Email Message

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