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.

retract a resignation

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to retract a resignation:

Step 1: Submit a written request

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 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]

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.

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3 Responses

  1. Jeff Forton

    I resigned from my current job that ends June 24th, 2019 due to stress and medical reason’s after speaking with my doctor he suggested i go back and resind my resignation and go on a short medical leave. It hadnt even been a week and my employer said that she already gave my job to someone else before im even done my last two weeks. Before hand she said she would hate to see me leave and asked if i was sure i wanted to go and gave me hug and said she would hire me back anytime. But there is still a fulltime position aavailable and i had really good report with the company and clients. This is the Downtown misson of Windsor

    • ms Elaine

      i give my notice in and my boss is trying to retract my notice Iam still waiting to see what she say i have applped for jobs for back up just in case i dont get my job back

  2. Katherine

    I resigned 16th Nov 2019 and had my last working day on 8 Feb 2020. While doing my clearance my Supervisor ask me to stay when I told her that I missed my department. I told her that I will think about it and come back the following week. Still I decided to continue my clearance and submit my document to cancel my visa because I already have a work offer to other company. Then after a week, I realise that I really missed my work and I want my job back. I message my Supervisor and she told me to email HR and her. Now, I am just waiting to HR director if they will keep me or no. If the response is positive, I’ll have a long term plan in the company. It its negative, then I’ll just have to move on.


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