Employees resign from a company for a myriad of reasons as far-fetched as they find a better paying job, they are working for an abusive boss, they decide to make a career change mid-stream, or they want the freedom that comes with freelancing. A spouse relocation for a new opportunity is another common reason for an employee resignation. When an employee's spouse receives a job offer that is too significant for a family to refuse—whether it's a huge promotion or big salary bump—an employee resignation occurs. Each reason an employee has for resigning dictates a different kind of resignation letter.
Here is a sample resignation letter to use when an employee must resign from his or her job to follow a spouse to a new location. Use this sample resignation letter when a spouse's new job requires employment resignation.
Resignation Letter Sample for a Spousal Relocation
This is an example of a resignation letter for when a spouse is relocating. Download the resignation letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Resignation Letter Sample for a Spousal Relocation (Text Version)
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
September 1, 2018
Director, Human Resources
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Ms. Lee,
It is with a great deal of sorrow that I am notifying you that my employment with Acme Sales must end at the end of the month. My official last day of employment will be September 15, 2018.
The reason for my resignation is that my spouse has received a job offer that advances her career significantly and provides a wonderful opportunity for our family. Therefore, although I feel like a member of the Acme Sales family, I will need to leave your employ.
I have not only enjoyed working at Acme Sales but I am indebted to all of the people that trained me throughout the years and helped to advance my career from junior sales associate to sales manager. I will miss my customers, and especially my coworkers who have become more than colleagues, but close friends.
I am anxious to help with the smooth transition of my job and I want you to know that I am available to help train the person who will be taking over my position. Please let me know if there is anything else that I can do to help ease the transfer of my work projects—both current and future—or to help the team during the next two weeks,
I will be available to meet with the HR department to fill out any necessary paperwork and undergo my exit interview.
While I will not be on-sight after the end of the month, please feel free to call, email, or text me if you have any questions as I would be more than happy to assist you. I have provided all my contact information below.
Again, I am sorry to leave you, and the team, but I wish you all the best and promise that I'll stay in touch.
On a Final Note
Even though you are resigning due to no fault of your own, you always want to leave the company—your direct report, colleagues, and team members—on a positive note. Your resignation letter will go into your employee folder should a future employer contact your former employer. And, while you'll likely want your direct supervisor to serve as a reference for you, now is not the time to ask for that referral. Either ask for the referral in person or via a private email, once you've handed in your resignation letter.