Best Retirement Resignation Letter Example (+ Free Template, How to Write One)

retirement resignation letter

A retirement resignation letter is a type of retirement letter and resignation letter that informs an employer that the employee is resigning from their duties to enter into a new phase of life, retirement. Generally, employers are very receptive to resignations that surround retirement, as it is often celebrated by both the employee and current employer.

Before writing a retirement letter, an employee should speak with their direct supervisor (or boss) and begin the planning of their retirement notice (or an impending retirement). This would include deciding when the final period of employment would be, discussing any retirement benefits the company may offer, and choosing a retirement date that the employee will list in their letter. This meeting acts as a type of formal notice and formal notification to the company which begins the transition period where the employee starts to move their active duties to a colleague or new employee.

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Tip: If you’re a seasoned veteran and executive with an employment contract, be sure to review the contact to understand the agreed-upon time period that was offered to the employer to make any type of transition in the event of a resignation. This may be listed under “notice period” of the employment contract.

Due to the fact that this resignation is being submitted with the intent to retire, a reason for the resignation is not required nor asked on behalf of the employer. But a formal retirement letter may be required by the HR department to ensure your retirement plan and retirement benefits are properly accounted for.

Your supervisor will decide on the best course of action to transition the employee out of their current job. The formal letter can be submitted as soon as the employee and supervisor determine the appropriate next steps and time period of the transition.

Letter Writing Tips

When writing a retirement letter as an employee, it can be useful to speak to the depth of the retiree’s career and discuss how the job was satisfying for the employee. This is the final resignation letter the employee will ever write, it can be fun, humorous, or heartfelt. The choice is entirely up to the employee. A retirement resignation letter is not too dissimilar to a standard resignation letter or formal resignation letter. It should include the job title, notice date, and reason for resignation (which is retirement). The letter can be short (simple resignation letter) or long letter depending on the relationship with the employer.

Tip: If you are retiring after termination, a retirement letter is not required. Employees who are experiencing termination later in life should speak with career coaches or retirement professionals to determine the appropriate next steps to handle their retirement benefits.

Sample Resignation Letter

Below is a resignation letter sample in the event of a retirement or early retirement.

January 1, 2019

John Smith
123 Road, St., New York NY 11121

Company Inc.
Bryan Doe
Senior Management
123 Business Road, New York NY 11121

Dear Bryan —

This letter is with a heavy heart. I've decided it is best for me to retire starting on September 1st, 2019. I have had a very long and fruitful career and I am very thankful to end my career at such a great company and with such a great team.

While it will be very difficult for me to wake up every morning and not come into this wonderful atmosphere where I am embraced with creativity and excitement on a daily basis, I must focus on my family and health moving forward. This will be a very big change for me but one that I am excited about.

Please let me know how I can assist in this transition and ensure the continued success of the company.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be able to work with you.

John Smith
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Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur,, SparkHire, and many more.


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