When you know what you want to say, but you can't find the words to say it…


There are several ways to quit a job. The simplest is a one line notice: "Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation effective two weeks from today" with a date and your signature. That is all you need to write.

When leaving most jobs you will want to write more. You may want to express thanks or even lay blame. You may be going on to another job or another place and regret leaving this one.

You may want to come back to this job, and leave that possibility open in your letter of resignation. Only send the example that is angry or bitter if you will not use that employer as a reference—ever.

Here are sample letters of resignation. Each letter was written in Microsoft® Word® (ending in .doc) using the font Times, and also saved in .pdf and .swf formats. Unless you actually removed it from your font list, Times is available on your computer. These letters can be copied and pasted into Microsoft Word or any other word processing application including text editors, and changed to suit your needs.

Be careful how you resign. You don't want a resignation letter to haunt your next job or job application. Use nice stationery (except for the angry letter) and a warm and rounded font. Pointy fonts work just fine for an angry letter.

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Resignation Female Egregious
Resignation Male Egregious
Resignation Simple
Resignation Thank You