Honest resignation letters (5 samples)

In this guide, we will see samples of honest resignation letters you can use as templates or examples to write your own resignation letter.

Writing an “honest resignation letter.”

When writing an “honest resignation letter,” these are some of the things that you need to keep in mind.

  • If you are an employee who is interested in leaving on good terms and securing a good reference letter, writing a positive resignation letter would be important. However, If you are resigning from your job under unfavorable conditions, it is understandable that you may be very angry; you may be justified in addressing these practices in an angry resignation letter.
  • The first step is to tell your employer about leaving the position and the final work date. Keep it short as the essential part of the letter is the Last Date of your work.
  • Indicate the reason you are leaving your job.
  • Finally, thank your employer for the position and the opportunities you have enjoyed during your work period.
  • Ensure you proofread your letter before sending it to your employer. You can send the letter to your family and friend to check for grammatical errors.

Sample 1: “Honest resignation letters”


[Immediate Supervisor],

I am resigning from my position at [xyz company], effective [date].

One year ago, you took a chance on me, and I took a chance on the company. I appreciate that both sides took a risk on each other. While it’s tempting just to walk away, I feel obligated to explain my decision in hopes that it sparks positive change for the colleagues that I’m leaving behind.

I’m resigning because the company is using improper accounting to bolster its financial performance. In my initial memo to you dated [month, day, year], I outlined each accounting trick that is hiding losses the company is sustaining. In a subsequent meeting on [month, day, year] and attended by you, [name], and [name], we discussed each of the accounting issues in detail and decided to refer the matter to the company’s Vice President. On [month, day, year] a follow-up meeting was held and attended by the same group, the Vice President said the matter had been investigated and concluded that no changes would be made because we are an “aggressive company.” This is an outcome that I cannot accept.

The company’s business is built on trust. When its customers and employees find out about the true financial performance of the company, their trust will be destroyed and I expect the company will have to cease operations. This letter of resignation is my last effort to implore the company to correct its practices.

Thank you for the opportunity to be heard.



Sample 2: “Honest resignation letters”


[Immediate Supervisor],

Please accept this letter as notice of my formal resignation from my position at [xyz company]. My last day of employment will be [date].

I want to thank you for providing me with this opportunity three years ago. You saw my potential and provided the chance to learn from you and the team in ways that I could not envision and in ways that were unclear to me at the time. We’ve tackled many successful projects together, but my favorite was [project x]. That’s the project that showcased to me how much your mentorship expanded my [descriptive] expertise, and we had a lot of fun along the way. The time you spent teaching and challenging me has left a lasting impact on my career and development, and I’m grateful to have worked for you.

I wish you and everyone at [company] the best and look forward to staying in touch and helping in any way that I can — during and after this smooth transition. I’m reachable at [email] or [phone].



Sample 3: “Honest resignation letters”

“Dear Mr. Brooks,

I am writing this letter to inform you of my resignation from my position at ABC Company, effective immediately. Unfortunately, I am resigning due to many unsatisfying factors at ABC Company which have been causing me to become increasingly angered in recent weeks. Please accept this letter as my official notice of immediate resignation from ABC Company. I regret any inconvenience that this may cause you personally.

Over the past several weeks, the incidences of the project managers taking credit for my ideas, forcing me to cover for them while they take early leave, and not following through on promises have been occurring with increasing frequency. I hope you can understand my anger and frustration at this situation. If you would like to discuss this with me any further, you may contact me by phone at (555)-555-5555 or by email at [email] I will wait to hear from you.

Although I am very angry at the injustices and demands that have been placed upon me at ABC Company, it is my hope that the conditions there will improve for future employees and that fairer managers can be instated. Perhaps our paths may cross again some day if I can trust that conditions are different. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Morgen Gupta”

Sample 4: “Honest resignation letters”

“Randall Jones

123 Main Street

Anytown, CA 12345



June 1, 2021

Francesca Lee


Stonewall & Co.

123 Business Rd.

Business City, NY 54321

Dear Ms. Lee:

I am writing to let you know that I will be resigning from my position next month. My last day at Stonewall & Co. will be June 22, 2021. Although I have very much enjoyed my time at the company, it is time for me to move on and take my career in a new direction.

As you may or may not be aware, some members of your management team do not adhere to appropriate company policy. Accordingly, I regretfully tender my resignation having experienced unsuitable corporate behavior.

Thank you for the opportunity,


Sample 5: “Honest resignation letters”


[Immediate Supervisor],

Please accept this as my official notice of my resignation.

As you are aware, over the last twelve months we have had numerous differences of opinion regarding best practices and goals for the company’s global project.

Unfortunately, it is clear to me that you and I will be unable to resolve our differences. Therefore, I feel that my resignation is the best option for the team and all concerned. Perhaps our paths may cross again some day if I can trust that conditions are different. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

James Brown”

Frequently Asked Questions: Writing an “honest resignation letter.”

How do I resign due to constructive dismissal?

To resign due to constructive dismissal, there must be a breach of the contract before your resignation is submitted or it won’t be considered a constructive dismissal. Your resignation letter should include a statement in which you explain how you feel you don’t have any other choice but to resign.

What are the tips for writing a resignation letter?

Helpful tips for writing a resignation letter

  • Be professional and positive. 
  • Go straight to the point. 
  • State the specific date you plan to stop working.
  • Go through your contract or the company’s policy before quitting. 
  • Provide information about the transition.

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