Short Notice Resignation Letter Template & Example

Published on: 24 Mar 2017

Resignation letter

When resigning from a job role, it is considered best practice to give your employer the notice period as stated in your contract before you depart. This period of time allows your employer to plan for your departure, and to ensure that your job responsibilities are fully covered as to not disrupt the business and work flow.

In some unfortunate cases when moving to a new company, it isn’t possible to work your standard notice period – if your new employer requires you to start soon, it may be necessary to request a shorter notice period from your current employer.

For those of you in this tricky position of requesting a shorter notice period, we have created a sample short notice resignation letter to guide you on best practices and what to include.


Your Name
Contact Number
Email Address

Company’s Name
Company’s Address

Dear {Title & Name of Recipient},

Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from the role of {Job Title} at {Company name}.

Although my employment contract currently states that a notice period of {Length of time} is required, I would like to request that this be reduced to {Length of needed}, therefore, completing my current employment on {date}.

I apologise for the short notice of this request, this is due to {Provide reason as to why}. I hope that we can come to an agreement, and I apologise sincerely for any inconvenience my short notice may cause you or my fellow coworkers. I will ensure that I do everything possible to finalise current projects, and provide a handover of all work to colleagues.

Despite the short notice of leave, I really appreciate all the great experience and opportunities given to me whilst working at {Company name}. I have loved being part of the team, and I am extremely grateful for being given the opportunity to work for you. If there is anything more I can do to ensure that the transition of workflow is as smooth as possible, please do let me know.

Yours Sincerely,
___________ Signature

Your Name