Resigning for Personal or Confidential Reasons

Letter of Resignation Sample

Resigning for Personal or Confidential Reasons Resignation Letter Sample

If a situation arises where you are forced to leave a job due to personal reasons or reasons that you wish to keep confidential, it can be challenging to decide where to draw the line with what to put in writing or say to your employer.  You may want to explain your reasons in a verbal conversation and leave the actual specifics out of your letter.  Every situation is different and ultimately how vague you choose to be is your decision. In these situations, less is better.

Your official resignation letter to your employer should briefly address the situation and cover all of the same basics of any letter of resignation.

Below are some ProTips and a sample resignation letter that you can edit based on the details of your own individual situation. 


  • Make every effort possible to NOT discuss your plans with any co-workers prior to advising your supervisor to avoid a situation where your supervisor hears the news from someone else in the workplace.
  • Have your resignation letter completed and signed, and bring it with you when you meet your supervisor.
  • Ask to speak to your supervisor privately, so that you can also advise them verbally of your intentions and personally deliver your letter. You may wish to have the conversation first and then follow up with the official letter.
  • Keep your conversation positive and respectful and be sure to advise them of your last day of work and of your intentions to continue to work hard until your very last minute on the job.
  • Thank them for the opportunity and the experience that you’ve gained while working with them and the organization.
  • You may want to include additional details in your verbal discussion as to ensure your employer that they or the environment are not the problems.
  • Keep your letter and the reasons short and to the point. You can include that you’re “leaving for personal reasons” or “to attend to a family situation”, or something similar.
  • Keep the tone of your letter positive and offer to assist with the transition if possible.
  • You want to do everything you can to leave the best possible impression on your employer.
  • Professional Resume Writers or Career Coaches may also be able to assist you in creating the resignation letter that best addresses your situation.



Resigning for Personal or Confidential Reasons Resignation Letter Sample:

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Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:


Please accept this letter as a formal notification of my resignation from HK Coaches, effective two weeks from today (March 31, 2019). My departure is due to personal reasons that I am not at liberty to disclose, but rest assured it is not because I am unhappy with my role, my position, coworkers, or management.


I truly appreciate the opportunity to work with such an incredible organization and will miss being a part of a great team! I hope to be able to return to work here once my situation stabilizes, but will understand if the position is no longer available.


Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make this transition easier. I wish you nothing but the best and will keep in touch.



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