The resignation letter: a Microsoft Word template for when you resign

Many people find it understandably hard to write their resignation letter, and fret greatly about how it is worded. Our template will help.

There’s no doubt that, in most circumstances, it can be difficult to resign. Writing the resignation letter can be especially hard. But your letter doesn’t need to be long or detailed – just to the point.

We’ve prepared a resignation letter for you to use as a starting point. In most situations, it will be all you need.


Dear (your manager’s name),


As required by my contract of employment, I hereby give you notice I will be leaving your employment as [your position].

I have decided that it is time to move on and I have accepted a position elsewhere. This was not an easy decision and took a lot of consideration; However, I am confident that my new role will help me to move towards some of the goals I have for my career. 

I understand that my notice period is [your notice period] but I would like to join my new employer at the earliest date. Therefore, I would like to request that you waive my notice period and relieve me of my duties immediately. Please be assured that I will do all I can to assist in the smooth transfer of my responsibilities before leaving.




[your signature]


Your name


“Tim Goodwin first made contact with me when I started out in the recruitment industry. Although I was happy where I was at the time, Tim made a conscious effort to keep in touch over the years to see how I was getting on with no pressure to sell new roles to me. Once I was ready to make a change in the industry, I called Tim and within weeks had options with companies that really matched the career path I had in mind. To date I am in a job I love, doing what I love best!”

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