After lots of searching, working hard on your resume and several interviews, you’ve finally found a job.
You’re settling in, getting to know your coworkers and figuring out where the best nearby lunch places are — when suddenly you hear from your dream job, or at least a better job than the one you have.
They want to know how soon you can start.
What do you say? How do you move on?
This post will help you write a resignation letter for a job you just started.
Is it okay to quite a job when you’ve just started?
It can be hard to write a letter when you are stressed out, and this can be a stressful situation.
Your first step should be to take a deep breath and try not to worry too much.
It is unusual to quit a job just after starting it, and it is far from ideal from the employer’s point of view.
But you are not the first person to do it.
Having an employee leaving right after being hired is a risk every business takes on.
You shouldn’t feel guilty. The company will find a replacement for you!
Explaining why you are leaving a job that you just started
As is the case when you are writing a resignation letter due to a better opportunity, you don’t necessarily have to give a reason why you are leaving.
However, it is not a bad idea to do so as long as you are comfortable with it.
Employers will understand if you are moving on to a job that is better for your career even if they are not happy about it.
Sharing the reason may help reduce the likelihood of any friction between you and your employer despite the fact that you’re leaving early.
On the other hand, there may be reasons that you don’t want to share.
The job may not be working out as you hoped.
You may need to leave for personal reasons that you want to keep to yourself, such as an illness, a divorce or other family problems.
You can simply not give a reason if you prefer.
Be straightforward in your resignation letter for a job you just started
Whether or not you have already told your employer in person that you are leaving, clearly state your intentions in your letter.
The letter should begin by saying that you are resigning and giving your last day.
Ideally, you should give two weeks notice even though you have just started the job.
You should also express your thanks in the first paragraph for the opportunity at the company.
If you are especially grateful because you know that you were hired despite some weaknesses, such as your resume was too short, you can make a reference that.
The rest of the letter should be concise and to the point as well.
In the next paragraph, you can acknowledge the fact that you are leaving so soon and that you understand this will create difficulties.
Finally, in the closing paragraph, you should again express your gratitude for being given the job.
You can also say something like “Thank you for your understanding” or find something similar to say amid 17 great alternatives to “thank you for your understanding.”
It may be best to stick with the straightforward sign off “Sincerely” here.
You probably have not really had time to establish any kind of relationship with your boss, and “sincerely” is courteous and professional.
The format of a resignation letter for a job you just started
It is more appropriate to print this out as a hard copy letter and deliver it to your boss than to send it as an email.
Use standard business letter format, meaning that you put your own name and address against the left-hand margin at the top.
There should be a space between this and a second address block, which has the name of the person you’re writing to and the company address.
The date goes under this.
You should address the person you are writing to in the same way you do when you speak to them, whether you use their first or last name.
At the end of your letter, there should be a space between the sign off and your printed name.
You should put your signature in that space.
Sample letter 1 of a resignation letter for a job you just started
123 Easy Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 12345
456 Industrious Drive
Allentown, Pennsylvania 67891
April 27, 2022
I am writing to inform you that my last day at the Acme Corporation will be on Wednesday, May 11. Thank you for the opportunity to work here, and please accept my apologies for leaving so soon after my start date.
As you know, my training in is graphic design, and I have just been offered an excellent job in my field. I am very excited about the opportunity, but I realize that this puts Acme Corporation in a difficult position. Although I have only been here a short time, I want to do everything I can to make my departure easier on you and my colleagues. Please let me know what I can do to help.
I remain extremely grateful for the faith you placed in my in hiring me and the time you have spent training me on the systems at Acme. Thank you for understanding that this new job is truly an opportunity that I can’t refuse.
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Sample letter 2 of a resignation letter for a job you just started
123 Fifth Avenue
Sunnydale, California 12345
123 Easy Street
Sunnydale, California 12345
April 8, 2022
Dear Ms. Gonzales,
This letter is my official resignation from my position at Gonzales Corporation. My last day will be April 22. Thank you so much for the opportunity to work at Gonzales Corporation. The entire staff made me feel so welcome, and I am very sorry that I have to leave so soon after beginning.
Unfortunately, a personal matter has arisen that means I will not be able to continue working full time. Of course, I did not foresee this when I accepted this position.
I know it will be difficult to hire and train another new employee to replace me just as my own training was finishing. I will do what I can to help out with the transition. Again, please allow me to emphasis how much I appreciate the opportunity to work with you even for a short time, and I hope that our paths will cross again professionally in less fraught circumstances.
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