People resign from jobs or positions for various reasons, such as exploration of new job opportunities, promotion, relocation, family responsibilities or stressful working conditions. A letter is the common method by which a person announces his/her decision to resign. In the event that the person changes his/her mind about resigning, he/she can write a letter to rescind, or make void, the resignation. He/she should address this letter to the recipients of the original letter of resignation.
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Date and address the letter to the appropriate person or body.
Include a salutation, such as "Dear Mr. Smith."
Reference your previous decision to resign and state the reason for the current letter. You could write, "On May 25th of this year, I submitted my letter of resignation. I am writing this letter to rescind that letter and request reinstatement of my former position."
Explain the reason for your decision to nullify the resignation.
Ask for consideration of your request, perhaps based on your explanation of why you want to return to the job or position. Include a potential reinstatement date. For instance, "Based on these reasons, I ask that you consider my request to return to the position as Associate VP of Research, effective July 3rd."
Provide your contact information for follow-up purposes.
Close the letter in this manner: "Cordially yours."
Sign your letter.
Tips and warnings
- Submitting a letter to rescind your resignation does not obligate your company to reinstate you. Make sure you know your company's policies regarding resignations.
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