You Can Retract A Resignation, Here’s How

You have given the letter of resignation to your boss as soon as you decided to quit your job. But now you have changed your mind and want to stick to your current job. You know you made a mistake and now want to know how to retract a resignation. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you.

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Retract A Resignation – A step-by-step guide

Step 1: Submit a written request of retracting the resignation

As soon as you decide to stay at your current job, inform it to your boss or the HR department by sending a written request that clearly states that you want to withdraw your resignation. After the written request is sent, you should discuss it with the concerned person (i.e. your boss or HR manager), either by phone or in person.

Step 2: Content of retract a resignation letter should be precise

Write the letter using a business letter format. You need to show your employer that you are professional when you retract a resignation.

Here is a sample:

[Your Name] [Your Address] [Your Contact No.]


[Concerned Person’s Name] [His/Her Designation] [Company Name] [Address]

Dear Mr./Ms. [Name]:

As discussed today, due to a change in my circumstances I wish to formally retract my resignation from [Company Name]. Please accept this letter as retraction of my resignation letter dated [your last date in the company as mentioned in the letter of resignation].

I look forward to continuing work with [Company Name] as it has given me a lot of opportunities and I assure the company will also benefit if they allow me to stay as I’m already aware of my job responsibilities. I apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

Thank you for your understanding and consideration.

Yours sincerely, [Your Name]

Step 3: Perform well regardless of the answer

Your employer is not obligated to accept your withdrawal of resignation. However, they may accept it if you were a high performer and decided to quit the job for some understandable reason.

You may be tempted to do lesser work during your notice period but you need to perform well to prove that it would be a wise decision to allow you to stay. Even if your employer doesn’t accept your request, you don’t want to make a bad impression as you may require a glowing reference for your future job.

Step 4: Move on if it doesn’t work out

It would be really tough for you if your employer rejects your request for retraction, and it might put you in a tight spot, especially if you don’t have a job offer or haven’t started your job search. In that case, you need to accept the fact and move on, your employer is not obliged to accept it, so you need to accept it without keeping any hard feelings for your employer. Start your job search as soon as possible and hopefully you would soon land a great job in your field. 

Anna Verasai
Anna Versai is a Team Writer at The HR Digest; she covers topics related to Recruitment, Workplace Culture, Interview Tips, Employee Benefits, HR News and HR Leadership. She also writes for Technowize, providing her views on the Upcoming Technology, Product Reviews, and the latest apps and softwares.

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