How to Write a Reassignment Letter

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Sometimes in your academic and career life an assignment is given to you that may not be ideal for your strengths. One of the most important aspects of personal and career development is acknowledging your weaknesses and knowing when to back down on an assignment. While the exact process for requesting reassignment may vary depending on the regulations of your company or educational institution, typically the first step in being reassigned is to write a reassignment letter to your superiors.

  • Write the reasons why you are requesting reassignment on a notepad. Prior to writing the actual letter, having a clear picture as to why you wish to be reassigned ensures the letter is concise and the reader understands this request.

  • Review the reasons for reassignment listed in Step 1. Select the top three reasons, which should be professional and clear. Sometimes you're not requesting reassignment because you can’t fulfill the job requirements, but rather because of social issues. If this is the case, do not call out any person(s) within the letter, but explain how these issues impact your ability to perform your duties to the expected level.

  • Open a computer word processor program, and on the first three lines place the name of the person the letter is addressed to, followed by the company and the date.

  • Begin the letter with a salutation such as “Dear Mr. So-and-So” or “To Whom It May Concern.”

  • Write the first paragraph to explain the position you were originally assigned. Describe your achievements in this position and your desired goals you have concerning the job or work.

  • Write the second paragraph to inform the reader the reason why you are requesting a reassignment. Keep this paragraph short and directly to the point; do not add fluff sentences. The goal of the second paragraph is to quickly inform the reader exactly why you’re requesting reassignment so he can make a swift decision. If you have another position you wish to be reassigned to, write this information and explain why you would excel at the new assignment.

  • Write the closing paragraph thanking the reader for her time. Make a statement of understanding, which outlines your willingness to stay in the required position, if this is true. If you are unable to continue working in this position, politely explain that if reassignment is not granted your involvement within the project may be self-terminated.

  • Proofread the reassignment letter. When it is error-free, send it to the appropriate person(s).

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