How to write a resignation letter in 2022 (with examples)

After such a tumultuous couple of years across the country, current low unemployment numbers – dramatically offset by inflation and the threat of recession – letting your employer know that you’ll be leaving your job may seem like adding insult to injury. However, The Great Resignation is still officially open, and a job change may be just what you need to get through this trying time.

Whether you’ve received a job offer that will increase your salary, or leaving to help your kids manage distance learning, or have simply found a company that’s a better fit, moving on from your current job will involve writing an official letter of resignation

What to include in your resignation letter

Regardless of your reason for leaving, maintaining professionalism in your letter will help you break ties, but stay in the good graces of your now former employer.

To make a graceful exit, you’ll want a resignation letter that clearly states your intention to leave, but also offers a word of thanks. Tailor your letter to your unique experience on the job and offer details that feel appropriate for your situation. 

Keeping your resignation letter brief is appropriate, but be sure to include the following information:

  • Time frame: Clearly state your last planned day of employment. If you are giving less than the customary two-weeks notice, explain the circumstances.
  • Gratitude: Thank your employer for the opportunity to work for them. Leaving on a positive note can help if you need to ask for a reference letter in the future.
  • Details (optional): If your departure warrants further explanation, be sure to include that information as needed. 
  • Transition: Mention whether or not you are available to assist with the transition of a new hire into your current role, and in what capacity you can help. 
  • Contact information: Be sure to include current contact info including your address, phone number, and email. This is helpful for any follow up for payroll or tax purposes. 

Since it is 2022, it’s ok to address the pandemic in your resignation letter and the variety of changes in your personal and professional outlook, including potentially relevant information like remote-work, or hybrid options being offered to you, or being more desirable to you going forward. This will help your employer to consider hiring and retention strategies that may help the business.

The following examples offer inspiration for how to write a resignation letter in various situations. These are dated 2020, but remain prime examples of professional formatting and approach for 2022 and beyond. If you are leaving for personal reasons, giving short notice, giving immediate notice, offering to fully train your replacement, have landed a new role, changing your career path, or retiring, you can use these sample resignation letters to draw from.

Career change resignation letter

Career change resignation letter template - Ladders News

Giving short notice resignation letter

2020 Giving short notice resignation letter template - Ladders News

New job resignation letter

New job resignation letter template - Ladders News

Leaving for personal reasons resignation letter

Leaving for personal reasons resignation letter template - Ladders News

No notice/immediate resignation letter

No notice/immediate resignation letter template - Ladders News

Retirement resignation letter

Retirement resignation letter template - Ladders News


Offering to help with transition/training replacement resignation letter

Offering to help with transition/training replacement resignation letter template - Ladders News