Resignation letters

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What to say in your resignation letter, with templates and examples.

How to resign

Once you know you're leaving a job:

  • let your manager know in person, so they're not surprised
  • send them a formal resignation letter.

Your letter should be brief. You don't need to explain why you’re resigning.

If you've got a good relationship with your employer, mention how your time at the company has benefited you.

Always keep your letter positive. It's best to leave on good terms in case other employers want to check on your employment history. 

Resignation letter example

In your resignation letter, state:

  • your role in the organisation
  • that you’re resigning from this role
  • the last day you'll work.

Use our example to help you write your resignation letter.

Resignation letter templates

If you’ve had a good experience with your employer use Resignation letter template one. Tell them where you are going and what you enjoyed about your job.

If you want to say the minimum, then use Resignation letter template two. Even if you haven’t had a good experience, be polite.

Updated 28 Jul 2023