Sample Two-Week Notice Letter

Putting in two-weeks notice can be a delicate procedure requiring time and thought. However, if done correctly, it can be quite a classy note to leave on, as well as a benefit to your job search in the future.

This article will showcase two sample two-week notices, one good and one bad. After each, there will be a short list of important points.

The Good Example

"Dear (Supervisor's Name),

This letter constitutes an official two-week notice of my termination of employment with (Company Name), effective (Date of your Final Day). I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to work at (Company Name), and I appreciate the invaluable experience I gained while employed here.

I regret that I must tender my resignation, but I hope that my time with (Company Name) has been seen as productive and that I can count on you for a positive reference in the future.

Very sincerely,

(Print Name and Sign Below)"

  • In this sample, the writing is clean and respectful and to the point. The sentences aren't too long or wordy, and there's nothing negative.

  • It's important to thank the company for employing you, and tell them you value your time there.

  • It ends by letting them know you regret having to quit, and asks them to be a good reference for you in the future.

The Bad Example

"This is a two-week notice. I'm quitting because (I got another job that pays more/I don't like this job/I want to do something else).

(Just Name Printed)"

  • There is any number of things wrong with this example. First and foremost, address the recipient of the letter respectfully by name. Aside from anything else, it's just good to have people remember you fondly rather than leaving a bad taste in their mouths.

  • Unless it's specifically asked for, never ever give a reason for quitting in your two-week notice. It won't do any good, and could cause avoidable consequences.

  • This example contains no thanks for the employment while it lasted, as well as nothing positive at all. You always want to leave your employers feeling like they did you a favor, and that you valued your time with them.

  • Lastly, there should always be something at the end of a two-week notice about using them as a positive reference (unless you are quitting for reasons that would render this unlikely).

  • Always sign a two-week notice by hand below your printed signature. It's a sign of respect and formal notarization.

There's no reason why tendering your two-week notice needs to be any more unpleasant and detrimental than it absolutely has to be. With a little effort and foresight, your notice can leave your employers remembering you fondly and more than willing to give you a good review.