How to Write a Resignation Letter Due to Personal Reasons

Sometimes personal issues can make maintaining employment an arduous task. Before ruining your professional reputation or making your personal life unbearable, you may have to make the difficult decision to leave the job.

The professional thing to do at this point is to prepare a resignation letter for personal reasons.

What You Have to Do First

You may have an untenable work environment, a medical issue to deal with, or an overwhelming personal crisis. At the end of the day, your reasons for leaving are yours and yours alone. Depending on your relationship, you can share the information with supervisors, management, or coworkers, but do not feel obligated to have a reason that satisfies anyone.

Once you have made the final decision to leave, have a conversation with your immediate supervisor. They will appreciate your honesty. And while no employer wants to lose a good employee, they do not want a distracted one either.

Writing a Resignation Letter Due to Personal Reasons

Before composing the resignation letter, note exactly what you want to say in it. Even if your reasons are work related, do not say anything that will burn bridges. You may need a recommendation later or you may even want to return to the company. Being remembered fondly will help in both cases.

Keeping it gracious and formal, open the letter with the facts: you are resigning for personal reasons (again, do not feel the need to go into any detail), the exact date of the resignation, and that you will do what you can to minimize the inconvenience this sudden departure may have on production.

Open the second paragraph of the resignation letter due to personal reasons with the fact you’ve already had a conversation with your supervisor and that, at that time, you discussed what would happen with your projects and duties before and after your absence. Offer to work with any replacement within the allotted time before you leave. If you’re comfortable with it, leave contact information should they have any questions.


Close out the resignation letter with a polite statement about appreciating your experiences with the company and wishing everyone well.

LiveCareer has samples of resignations letter due to personal reasons that can be used as a template for your situation. We also have Resume Builder, a great tool for building documents that will help you find a new job.


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