4 Of The Best Resignation Letters Ever

Saying goodbye to a workplace is never easy – after spending several years building up professional connections and learning many a valuable skill, it’s time to work in pastures new. But with goodbyes being hard to say, why not simplify this painful process by making a painfully funny resignation letter?


Thanks to the rise of social media, many disgruntled employees are now coming up with creative ways of bidding farewell to their former employers – from spelling out their resignation in a cake to borrowing inspiration from a 90s rapper and performing a goodbye dance. However, it’s best to keep it simple – and learn from these short but sweet examples of brilliant resignation letters:

1. Walking the plank. Why be stuck in a dead end job when you could be a…pirate? “After an appropriate period of deliberation, I have come to the decision to tender my resignation effective immediately…As such, I have decided to become a professional pirate, it has always been a dream of mine to live the life of a swashbuckling corsair…Once I have a keen blade at my hip and the Jolly Roger is flapping high above me, I believe I will find my true calling.” Let’s hope he doesn’t end up professionally marooned!

2. Subtlety is key. “Hey boss, Learn to be on time or at least communicate when you are going to be late. +1hr with no phone call is unacceptable. As you can see, the doors are locked. I went home. Fire me if you must, but realise I walked due to YOUR negligence.” They say that actions speak louder than words, but this resignation letter proves words can be just as effective.

3. Out of the ‘game’. This gaming fan turned their imagination into a reality, after filling in the following statement of reason in their resignation letter: “I have been stationed to the broken realm known as outland to battle the Burning Legion. I must defend the light in the name of Uther.” Tough work being a hero, eh?

4. Food for thought. Perhaps the most famous resignation letter in online history, this note went viral for its epic – but enlightening – read: “My experience at Whole Foods was like an increasingly sped up fall down a really long hill. That got rockier with every metre. And eventually, just really spiky…With fire, acid and Nickelback music.” He then addresses several colleagues and highlights his concerns with their work ethic (while also opposing their core values) – even telling one individual “We get it, we get it. You go to the gym. Nobody is impressed. In fact we all just laugh at your inferiority complex.” But he leaves his letter on a high, advising the reader with this wise quote: “Just enjoy life. It’s pretty short, you know?”

What’s the best resignation letter you’ve ever read? Or perhaps you have your own story to tell – post your experiences in the comments box below today!

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