How To Write A Resignation Letter That Won’t Burn Any Bridges

It’s normal for a job to eventually run its course.

Whatever your reason for leaving a job may be, here’s a sample resignation letter that keeps things professional and doesn’t burn any bridges.

What is a resignation letter?

A resignation letter is a document to inform your employer you are leaving your job. It informs your employer formally and in writing, whether as an email or printed letter.

The letter should include the details of your resignation such as:

  • Your resignation intention
  • Your effective last day of employment
  • Your offer to assist with the transition

You may also use this chance to thank your employer for the experience and opportunities that came during your employment at the company.

Note that this letter is NOT an avenue for you to dump any dissatisfaction or gloat about new opportunities.

Sample Resignation Letter

Dear (Manager),

I would like to inform you of my resignation as (Job Title) effective (Last Date).

Thank you for the opportunities I was given in the company. I truly appreciate all the time and experience I had here.

During my last few weeks, I will do everything I can to ensure a smooth transition and handover with the team.

I wish you and the company future success!


(Your name)

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Don’t forget to check your contract for any terms you have to adhere to before serving your final day at work. This may include serving your notice period.

Need to leave ASAP? Find out how you can shorten or skip your notice period entirely here.

If you have any unused annual leave days, our lawyer friends at Donovan & Ho have the scoop on what you can do with them in this article.