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Six Examples of Resignation Letters

Resigning often brings mixed emotions. If you're moving onto something better or different, but enjoy your current job, your excitement can sometimes be mixed with a little guilt and perhaps a little sadness. On the other hand, if you're unhappy where you are, getting a new job can be a real delight, with few, if any, bad feelings. And if you're moving on for other reasons, such as ill health, it can be a sad time.

Whatever your situation, leaving your job on the right note is important. One day, if not straight away, you may be looking to your employer for a reference or some other assistance so it makes sense to create the right last impression. A polite and positive resignation letter is all part of leaving on good terms.

To help you write a good letter, here are six examples of resignation letters you can adapt to your own circumstances.

Examples of Resignation Letters - General Resignation Letter

Mr. Mohammed Nazir 

HI Insurance 

Lake Guild, FL 33656

Dear Mr Nazir,

I'm writing to let you know that I am resigning my position as insurance sales adviser, effective December 8, 2010.

Thank you for the opportunities you've given me at HI Insurance. I've enjoyed working with you during these last 3 years and learned a great deal.

Please let me know how I can help you in the transition.

Yours sincerely,

Ismail Patel

Examples of Resignation Letters - Stay-in-touch Resignation Letter

Mr. Mohammed Nazir 

HI Insurance 

Lake Guild, FL 33656

Dear Mr Nazir,

I'm writing to let you know that I am resigning my position as insurance sales adviser, effective December 8, 2010.

Thank you for the opportunities you've given me at HI Insurance. I've enjoyed working with you during these last 3 years and learned a great deal. I hope very much that we can keep in touch as I'm keen to see how the Company performs going forward. My email address is i.patel@yahoo.com.

Please let me know how I can help you in the transition.

Yours sincerely,

Ismail Patel

Examples of Resignation Letters - Reason for Leaving Resignation Letter

Mr. Mohammed Nazir 

HI Insurance 

Lake Guild, FL 33656

Dear Mr Nazir,

I'm writing to let you know that I am resigning my position as insurance sales adviser, effective December 8, 2010.

I have really enjoyed working with you and am sorry to be leaving HI Insurance, but another company has offered me a position with greater responsibility. It's a natural step in my career and a challenge I want to take up.

Many thanks for the opportunity to work at HI Insurance. I've learned a great deal and worked with some great colleagues. It’s an experience I won’t forget.

Please let me know how I can help in the transition.

Yours sincerely,

Ismail Patel

Examples of Resignation Letters – Short notice period

Mr. Mohammed Nazir 

HI Insurance 

Lake Guild, FL 33656

Dear Mr Nazir,

I am writing to inform you that I am resigning my position as insurance sales adviser, effective two weeks from today. I regret that I am unable to give you 1 month's notice as required, but an unexpected opportunity requires me to be available in just two weeks.

Let me reassure you that I will complete or re-allocate all my outstanding tasks before I leave. If there is anything further I can do to help ease the sudden change, please let me know.

Many thanks for the opportunity to work at HI Insurance. I've learned a great deal and worked with some great colleagues. It's an experience I won’t forget. I regret having to leave on such short notice but hope you understand.

Yours sincerely,

Ismail Patel

Using Examples of Resignation Letters

Please feel free to use/adapt these examples of resignation letters to suit your own situation.

You may have noticed that none of our examples of resignation letters say anything bad about the job you're leaving, your boss, your co-workers or the company. That's deliberate. You don't have to lie - just adopt that familiar saying, "If you can't say anything nice about someone, don't say anything at all."

If you'd like more examples of resignation letters, here are three more sample resignation letters.

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