How to Write an Immediate Resignation Letter (With Example)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 10 November 2022

Published 25 October 2021

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When resigning from a job, employees are usually required to give a notice period of at least two weeks to two months. However, there may occasionally be situations where you need to resign immediately. In this article, we discuss how one should write an immediate resignation letter, and provide an example for reference.

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How to tender your resignation with immediate effect

Here are some steps you should take when you're planning to tender your resignation:

1. Check your employment contract

Before you resign without a notice period, it's important to check your employment contract as it may contain the terms of your resignation. You may incur a penalty if it's stated in your employment contract that you are not allowed to tender your resignation with no notice period.

Related: How to Write a Resignation Letter With a One-Month Notice Period

2. Talk to the human resource department

If you're looking to resign with no notice period because you want to start a new job immediately, you can consider speaking to the human resource department of your new company. They may offer to pay any penalty you incur for tendering your resignation with no notice period or come up with other options to help you with your situation.

3. Write an immediate resignation letter/email

When resigning from a job, it is always advised that you do it in writing so that there's an official record of why and when this happened. This is all the more important when the resignation is effective immediately, as it is a more unusual and contentious circumstance.

Related: How to Tender Resignation (With Template and Examples)

Reasons to resign immediately

There are some reasons that warrant an immediate resignation, such as:

  • An urgent family matter

  • A medical crisis or emergency

  • Unfair or unsafe treatment at work

Related: How To Write a Resignation Letter for a Personal Reason

How to write an immediate resignation letter

It's important to write a formal resignation letter so that you and your employer have written documentation of your resignation. Here are some details you should take note of:

The date

In your resignation letter, be sure to include the date of your last day.

The reason for your immediate resignation

While it's important to give a clear reason for your immediate departure, you don't have to go into detail. Keep the letter brief and concise.

Read more: How to Explain Your Reasons for Leaving a Job

Maintain a professional tone

It's important to maintain a professional tone in your resignation letter even if you are leaving the company for negative reasons. Any serious complaints you have should be directly addressed to your supervisor or the human resource department separately.

Related: How to Tell Your Boss You Quit (With Tips and Example)

Show gratitude

Be sure to thank your superior and colleagues for your time in the company and apologise for your abrupt departure.

Example of an immediate resignation letter

Here's a sample resignation letter to help you craft your own:

Sarah Lee
Blk 239 Hougang Ave 1 #07-06
Singapore 530239
+11 82342032
sarahlee@email.com

4 October 2021

Justina Tan
Goldsmith and Jewelers Co.
9 Coleman Street
Singapore 523409

Dear Ms Tan,

I am writing to inform you of my immediate resignation as Supply Chain Executive of Goldsmith and Jewelers Co. Owing to serious health concerns, my last day will be tomorrow (5 October 2021). I understand that this resignation is sudden, but I assure you that it is inevitable.

I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for all the support that you have given me during my time at Goldsmith and Jewelers Co. It has been a privilege to work at this company. I am thankful for all the experiences I have had here and for the wonderful people that I've worked with and gotten to know.

Please let me know if you require any help in this transitional period. If so, I can be reached at sarahlee@gmail.com.

Thank you for your kind understanding, and I wish you and the company all the best.

Sincerely,

Sarah Lee

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