6 Ways to Professionally Withdraw Your Resignation

Sometimes, our emotions get the best of us and cause us to make decisions that we may regret in the future. One of these decisions could be resigning from a job you like, but some circumstances made you make this decision anyway. However, you may have second thoughts regarding this decision because of your current circumstances changes, or you are having second thoughts after giving yourself some time to think about it. If this is the case, it is a question if you can still withdraw your resignation and do it without repercussions.

Employees can withdraw their resignation application, but it is not a guarantee that employers will accept your request. Some may agree to your request, rejecting the resignation and possibly offering a counteroffer to retain you in the company. Others may reject it outright because they already have someone to replace you, your employment terms have explicit provisions regarding resignations, or you may have broken bridges by your actions.

If you want to try your chances regardless of the outcome, here are 6 ways on how you can professionally withdraw your resignation:

1. Write A Withdrawal Letter Of Resignation

When making an official request at work, it must always have documentation for the record. In this case, you need to write a withdrawal letter. The letter must include your apologies for taking back your resignation, as well as why you are taking it back. Make sure to keep the letter concise and honest.

2. Create A Draft Withdrawal Letter

If you find it challenging to write your withdrawal letter, create a draft first to serve as your guide. To get you started, start by stressing that you wish to rescind your resignation letter when you submitted it and your indicated last day at work. Then go into detail about your retraction, from why you initially resigned to why you wish to retract. Conclude the letter on a positive note to support your request that you want to continue working for the company.

3. Meet With Your Manager

Reach out to your manager or team leader to discuss the issue more closely. You can consult them about the problems that lead to your resignation and find ways to improve the situation. Meeting with your manager can also help you determine if you can still return and give you the reasons why or why not.

4. Do Not Threaten Or Plead

It is best always to have a plan ready for any eventuality that may occur during your request for resignation withdrawal. Do not threaten or plead to your manager because this will make you appear unprofessional and unreliable. Whatever the result, accept it and make the right plans accordingly.

5. Show Willingness To Continue With The Company

When writing either a withdrawal letter of resignation or speaking to your manager about the retraction, you must show you are willing to continue working for the company. You must show your sincerity for your request to be considered.

6. Take Responsibility

It would be best if you showed that you are ready to take responsibility for your actions. Your decision has consequences, and in this case, you have a 50-50 chance of getting back to work or not. Show your sincerity when you discuss your withdrawal request with your manager or team leader to show that you are ready to deal with the consequences of your decision.


As employees, we must think carefully about each decision we make for our careers. When a decision is made, there is no turning back. If you resigned from your position but are now reconsidering it, you can try to withdraw your resignation by doing one of the steps above. However, there is no guarantee that the company will accept it, so make sure to have a backup plan ready.

Are you ready to resign? Can’t decide? Here are a few articles to help you:
What is the One Thing Your Company did that Made You Resign?
How Long Should You Stay at a Job
What are the Signs of Job Burnout and How Do You Overcome It

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Simon says:

    How long do you think an employee should stay with a company?

    With a company that gave 33% hike in 2 years and not given a promotion, but promotion lies ahead in a year. What do you suggest? 🤔

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  2. Keith says:

    Kally, in a life event moment, I decided not to leave a company as I was packing up my office. I called my wife and then my boss. My boss had to clear it with his. My wife asked “who are you?” when I told her I could not leave. The last person you tell is the new employer once you have all the ducks in a row. But, that call needs to be handled well. Keith

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  3. newwhitebear says:

    When you make decisions without reflecting on them, you risk losing a good job and being unemployed.
    Think coldly about whether the decision to resign is the right one


  4. On occasion, just like we see in tv shows or dramas, I have not processed the resignation straight away. It pays to understand who is working for you. Sometimes, they just need a little hand straightening their lives out 😊

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    1. Kally says:

      Yes, you’re right! I do hold off handing resignation of my staff to HR sometimes. Not until I had a talk with the involved staff to understand the reason of leaving.

      Liked by 1 person

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