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Free sample resignation letters

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Whether you’re planning an audacious ‘take that’ and steamrolling towards the nearest exit, or will feel genuinely sorrowful as you say your farewells, resigning can make for an uncomfortable situation at the best of times.

Regardless of your sentiments towards your soon-to-be-former employer, a polite and succinct resignation letter is a must.

Depending on your circumstances – good, bad or ugly – you might want to employ a slightly different tack. If you haven’t been in a position for very long, you might opt for a basic resignation letter. If you’re moving to a new town, a relocation resignation letter can provide some background for your departure. Or perhaps, if you work for a large organisation that requires you to send a copy to the HR department, a more formal resignation letter may be just what you need. If in doubt, err on the side of professionalism – particularly if you’re expecting to be given a glowing reference!

Want to exit with a more personalised message? Take a look at the samples below – you’re sure to find something that suits your circumstances. And, take note! Proofread your resignation letter as carefully as you would a resume or cover letter. Leave on a commanding and positive note, not a sloppy one.

Here are some other things to incorporate, regardless of the nature of your resignation:

  • Address the letter to your manager or HR department contact
  • Where applicable, refer to the notice provision in your contract
  • Specify the date that your resignation takes effect
  • Include a brief and professional mention of your intention to resign

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