Resign For Family or Personal Reasons • Letter Templates and Guides

How to write this letter:

1Make a clear and direct statement that you are resigning. Identify by title the position you are leaving, and give an effective date.
2Give more information on your plans and comment on the difficulty of the decision, if you can do so honestly.
3Express appreciation and gratitude for training, experience, or relationships.
4Solicit a letter of recommendation, if appropriate
5If you think there is a possibility of regaining your position, or if such a possibility has been suggested to you, say something about it.


There are several reasons associated with family which may compel your resignation. Your spouse may be transferred or offered a job in another city. The birth of a child or illness of a family member may require your presence at home, or you may just want to move to be closer to family or children. It is appropriate to mention such reasons. If your reasons are of a personal or private nature (drug abuse, divorce, emotional problems, criminal indictment, etc.) you need not discuss them.

Example Letter #1


I regretfully submit my resignation from my position as personnel director, effective two weeks from today. Although I love my job, my first priority is my family, and I have decided to stay home with my newborn child. When I first learned that I was pregnant, resignation was the last thing on my mind. But, now that she is born, I find I lack the courage to leave her in the care of a stranger.

Your confidence in my abilities and genuine concern for my professional growth make this decision especially difficult. I will be forever grateful for the invaluable expertise I acquired while under your guidance. Also, the friendships I have developed here have helped make my years with the company successful and productive. My co-workers have been among the finest people I have ever known.

I highly regard your offer to reinstate me to my former position once I decide to reenter the job market; indeed, I can think of no company for which I would rather work.

Example Letter #2


After much reflection and soul searching, I have decided that I must resign from my position as Department Head. To facilitate a smooth transition, I plan to stay until the end of the month to complete my projects and help train my replacement.

My reasons for leaving are of a deeply personal nature, but rest assured they are not related to dissatisfaction with my job, the company, or my co-workers. On the contrary, I have experienced immense personal satisfaction, both from my job assignments and from the close friendships I have established with my co-workers. I regret that my current situation requires that I make this difficult decision now.

I hope you will provide me with a favorable recommendation when I return to the job market. Also, if you feel there are any unresolved problems, I would appreciate discussing these problems with you so we can reach an amicable understanding before I leave.

Example Letter #3


Please accept my resignation as chief accountant, effective May 31, 2019. Because I desire to grow both professionally and financially, I have reevaluated my career goals and decided to return to college to complete my degree.

I have enjoyed my time at Doe's, and I appreciate the many friendships I have developed here. The experience and knowledge gained during my affiliation with this firm are invaluable. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity I have had to work here.

Thank you for generously offering a letter of recommendation on my behalf. Would it be possible to carry your letter with me when I leave? Please inform me if this is not convenient.

Example Letter #4


I regret to inform you that I am resigning as editor on January 15, 2019. This past eight months has been incredibly difficult as Jane and I have decided to end our marriage. I will have custody of the children and I cannot juggle the demands of this job and of my children full-time. I also need to be there for them to help them cope with the emotional difficulties they face.

Thank you for the terrific experience of being an editor for this paper. It's been educational, enraging, entertaining, etc. Perhaps my mastery of alliteration will help me in finding a part-time position. More likely, a strong recommendation from Doe would be of more help. Would you mind writing me a letter of recommendation? Should any part-time editorial or writing positions become available, I would greatly appreciate being considered for the job. Again, thank you for everything.

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step


Make a clear and direct statement that you are resigning. Identify by title the position you are leaving, and give an effective date.

Example Sentences for Step 1

Example Phrases for Step 1

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Give more information on your plans and comment on the difficulty of the decision, if you can do so honestly.

Example Sentences for Step 2

I am moving back to California to care for my mother. Her health is now rapidly failing, and I want to be near her. Some people have suggested that I bring her here to live with me, but since I left home I have wanted to move back to the San Francisco area and live in the old house where I grew up. Although I love my job here at Doe Corporation, my wife has accepted a partnership position in a Chicago law firm, and I wish to support her decision. After a great deal of soul searching, I have decided to return to school and finish my degree. I have been accepted into the graduate program at Doe University, which means that my family and I will be selling our house and moving as soon as possible. Since work in my husband's field is difficult to find, we need to move to a location with a better job market. You have no doubt heard that my son, diagnosed last year as HIV positive, recently returned home extremely ill. We have welcomed him back, and I have committed myself to caring for him. My reasons for leaving Doe Corporation are personal and private, but I assure you they have nothing to do with the way I have been treated here. I am very sorry to have to leave. As I said when I joined the company, and have reiterated many times since, I don't mind occasional travel. However, my travel assignments have steadily increased to the point that I am now away more than I am home. My first obligation is to my family, and I have been offered a position with a company that can accommodate my priorities.

Example Phrases for Step 2


Express appreciation and gratitude for training, experience, or relationships.

Example Sentences for Step 3

Example Phrases for Step 3

a genuine pleasure to have worked with you accept my thanks for the opportunity you gave me to work with you all the help you have given me always enjoyed my work here always remember your patience and consideration am grateful for the opportunity to work with among the finest people I have ever known appreciate the opportunity to learn about appreciate the time you spent with me appreciate the time you gave me to discuss best wishes to you always best wishes to all of you for years of expansion best wishes for the future success of can't tell you how much I've enjoyed working for enjoyed working with you enjoyed my time with the company enjoyed working for the company experience gained during my association with experience working with you has been invaluable express my sincere appreciation to for being a wonderful supervisor for the pleasant, yet challenging atmosphere for all your support and encouragement over the years friendships I have gained here have been have developed valuable ties with have enjoyed very much working under have learned a great deal have enjoyed my work as helped make my years here successful and productive important part of my career interest in my career it's been a pleasure working with you makes me feel needed and wanted many fond memories associated with the company my job has always been a great source of satisfaction never forget your kindness the most enjoyable aspect of my job has been the guidance you've given the opportunity to earn the help you have given me under your guidance I have developed want to thank you for you were very understanding when I made mistakes you stood by me when your genuine concern for my professional growth your willingness to be flexible in scheduling your confidence in my abilities


Solicit a letter of recommendation, if appropriate

Example Sentences for Step 4

Example Phrases for Step 4