Sample resignation letter template
Date Month Year
Mr/Ms full name
Suburb State Postcode
Dear [boss’s name]
In the first paragraph you need to state that you are resigning. Briefly explain your reason or reasons for leaving. It is appropriate to start a resignation letter with ‘I am writing to inform you’ but feel free to use your own words as long as they are polite and professional. Closing the first paragraph with ‘unfortunately, this means I am unable to continue my work with …’ will give your letter a nice touch. It is professional to use the actual business name of the companies you are referring to rather than ‘them’ or ‘they’.
In the second paragraph, mention details such as dates, entitlements or superannuation – anything you need to clear up before you leave. Clarifying the date of your last day will let your employer know how long he or she has to find someone to replace you. It is a good idea to give your contact details so that your boss can get in touch if they have any queries about the projects you were working on. It will make the transition a lot smoother for everyone.
It’s good to close your letter with ‘I regret any inconvenience my resignation may cause’ and offer a brief positive statement about the time you spent working at the place you are leaving. Closing your letter along these lines will soften what could be difficult news for your employer to hear.
Lastly, politely thank your employer for the opportunities and support he or she has given you during your time at the company.