How to Write a Letter Requesting for a Reconsideration

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Many times when people either get fired from their job or are turned down for a job application and just move on and accept the decision. However, there is a professional way to write an appeal letter for employment reconsideration for a second chance at proving you're the right candidate.

Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes happen at a workplace. Fortunately, depending on the circumstances, you can write a letter to appeal for an employment reconsideration if your poor decision cost you your job, or if you quit without thinking it through. Another reason someone may need to write a reconsideration letter for a job is if they didn't get hired, but feel they deserve a second chance at proving they are capable for the job.

How to Write a Reconsideration Letter For a Job

Whether you lost your job or you feel you didn't get a decent chance at expressing yourself during an interview, an appeal letter is something to consider. By writing this letter, you can show the company just how dedicated you are to pursuing the position.

How to Write an Appeal Letter for Employment Reconsideration

Anyone can be terminated from a job, and for various reasons. Whether you have been let go due to lack of performance or something unfair in your eyes, you should still write an appeal letter. The appeal letter format should be like a professional letter. For example, put your name, position in the company and address on the top left, along with employer's information such as name and address under yours on the left.

Once you have the top portion complete, start your letter with "Dear Mr. (insert name)" and begin by thanking him for taking the time to read your letter. After all, he isn't required to read it at all. Once you thank the employer for reading, dive right into why you're writing. For an appeal letter example, you can explain that you have been let go and either you understand it was your fault or explain how a supervisor could have impacted your evaluations, or whatever your experience was. Don't place the blame on someone else, but do stick up for yourself if, for example, there was a new supervisor and you had good performance evaluations until she was hired, or something similar.

Once you make your point clear in a brief way, end the letter by saying you feel you did not have an adequate opportunity to discuss your side of the story. Also, if it pertains to your situation, explain how your termination seems unfair and request an in-person meeting. Sign off the email with "Sincerely, (your name here)."

Writing an Apology Letter

If you have disobeyed a policy at work and it costs you your job, consider writing an apology letter. While it's not guaranteed the letter will save your job, it will show your boss that you are truly sorry. An apology letter gives you a chance to explain yourself.

To begin your letter, make it known that you are admitting you were wrong and accept responsibility for your actions. Next, make it clear that you are apologizing and let your boss know that your job is important to you. A professional apology letter is not meant to make excuses, but it's a chance to explain your mistake.

Once you explain your mistake, apologize and accept responsibility again. Pledge that you won't let the mistake happen in the future. In closing, ask for forgiveness and thank your employer for taking the time to read your letter.

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