Award Winning Resignation Letter (+5 Samples)

This blog post will introduce readers to what it takes to write an award-winning resignation letter. It also includes five samples of exemplary resignation letters.

Writing an Award Winning Resignation Letter

Keep in mind the following points if you want to write an award-winning resignation letter:

  • Mention all essential details using a polite tone, especially your final responsibilities
  • Explain in a heartfelt way why you need to resign
  • Express your gratitude in a genuine and authentic way
  • Offer help proactively for the transition period
  • Talk about the growth and support you received
  • Keep it short and concise

Sample 1: Award Winning Resignation Letter

“Dear (Manager name)

As we discussed in our meeting today, I’m resigning from my position as (designation) at (company name). My last working day will be (effective date).

Thank you for teaching me how to thrive in situations with tight deadlines and fast-moving parameters. I really enjoyed my time here and am so grateful for your support.

During this time of transition, I will continue to screen candidates for my replacement and send you a memo reiterating everything we discussed about who will be taking over my existing projects. 

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to make the transition as smooth as possible. I wish you and the team continued success!


(Your name)”

Sample 2: Award Winning Resignation Letter

This letter was written on a giant sheet cake.

“Dear Mr. Bowers,

During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy, and whim.

However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.

Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27.


W. Neil Berrett”

Sample 3: Award Winning Resignation Letter

This letter was written by Steve Jobs when resigning from Apple.

“To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director, and Apple employees.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve “

Sample 4: Award Winning Resignation Letter

“Dear <the recipient’s name goes here>

As required by my contract of employment, I hereby give you <your notice period goes here* weeks’ notice of my intention to leave my position as <your job title goes here>

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 toward some of the goals I have for my career.

Please be assured that I will do all I can to assist in the smooth transfer of my responsibilities before leaving.

I wish both you and <the name of your current employer goes here> every good fortune and I would like to thank you for having me as part of your team.

Yours sincerely,


Sample 5: Award Winning Resignation Letter

“Hi Sam,

Please accept this letter as notification of my resignation from my position as Financial Analyst at YYZ Fund. My last day will be Friday March 3, 2020.

I’ve grown both personally and professionally during my time at YYZ Fund. I especially appreciated the opportunity to lean in and help perform the analysis for the Genesis deal. That experience is something I’ll take with me for the rest of my career and I’m very grateful for that.

I’ve accepted a position as the Associate Director at another company, starting in May of this year. This opportunity gives me the chance to take on new challenges and, thanks to your mentorship, I know I’m prepared to take the step up.

I’m proud to have been a part of the capable team at YYZ Fund, and I hope to continue our professional relationship in some capacity in the future.

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance during the upcoming transition. I look forward to watching YYZ Fund’s continued success.


[Your name]”

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Frequently Asked Questions (Award Winning Resignation Letter)

How do you write a powerful resignation letter?

You can write a powerful resignation letter if you write with empathy and compassion. At the same time, don’t compromise on assertiveness and politeness.

How do you express gratitude in a letter of resignation?

To express gratitude, mention everything that you learned and gained from your job role in the company. You can also specify the individual contribution of your mentors and colleagues that helped you grow.

What is a good reason for resignation?

There are various acceptable reasons for quitting a job, some of which include the desire for personal or professional change, important life transitions, or company restructuring.

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