How to write a resignation letter with immediate effect

How should you write a resignation letter if you want to leave with a shorter 2 weeks notice period or with immediate effect? It is usually best practice to hand in your notice and stick to your contractual notice period, but this is not always possible.

In some cases, you might have to leave sooner than your agreed notice period. This could be due to a number of reasons, such as family, health, stress or other issues. If this is the case you might be unsure of what to say to your employer and how to resign appropriately.

Do you need to let your employer know your personal reasons? Can you still leave on good terms and offer to help if leaving suddenly may make things awkward with your existing employer? Find out more in our template below.

What to include in a resignation letter with immediate effect

Below are the key things to include in your resignation letter with immediate effect.

  • Job title
  • Company Name
  • Notice period length
  • Requested notice period length
  • Last day you intend to work
  • Reason why you require a shorter notice period

NudleBox has put together a short notice resignation letter template for you to download below.

Download our free resignation letter with immediate effect sample





Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from the position of [INSERT JOB TITLE] at [INSERT COMPANY].

Although my employment contract states a required notice period of [INSERT NOTICE PERIOD LENGTH], I would like to reduce this to [INSERT REQUESTED NOTICE PERIOD LENGTH], completing my employment on [INSERT LAST DAY YOU INTEND TO WORK].

This is due to [INSERT REASON WHY YOU REQUIRE A SHORTER NOTICE] and I hope we can come to an amicable agreement to grant this request. I will do everything possible to provide a smooth handover on my current projects..

I have enjoyed being a part of the team and am thankful for the opportunities you have given me during my time here. I hope that I can rely on you for a positive reference in future.


Yours sincerely



Don’t think that this template is right for you? View our other downloadable resignation letter samples.

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