There is no second chance for a first attempt. How many times have we heard this phrase or similar ones? Many! On one level, this phrase gives us a push to do something right in the first place. On another, it scares us of possible failure. However, if you have not done very well in the first attempt, you can always go back to reading the all famous if you don’t succeed once, try and try again!
In a situation where you have inadvertently made your employer upset, you need not fret too much, especially if you have a plan. Of course, you must feel bad about doing whatever it was that you did not make him upset, but dwelling on it won’t do you (or him) much good. Apologize and ask for a second chance – try and try again.
Writing an apology letter can do the trick. What you write actually depends on the situation that you have found yourself in. You could have:
• Not met deadlines
• Not handled a project as well as you were supposed to
• Let go of an opportunity that could spell financial loss for the company
• Been rude to a peer or customer
All these situations warrant an apology. The manner in which you explain to the employer is what matters most. You cannot be cocky when you write an apology letter. You have to be remorseful and show that you will or have taken measures to ensure that a similar situation does not come about again. To see how you can do this, have a look at the following apology letter (and a request for a second chance):
May 9, 2015
90 W Southern Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 28893
Dear Mr. Darby:
I am regretful of the fact that I was unable to meet the sales deadlines provided to me for the year 2014 and the expected revenue that my team was supposed to generate. The realization that I have failed to do either, has made a huge impact on me – an impact that I will not let go to waste.
The sales activities that my team and I had undertaken were in accordance to the market research done for a small area. I realize my mistake in believing that I would be able to implement it in other areas as well – Area 2 to be specific. The disaster hit when I received negative feedback from customers who were not looking for what we were offering to them.
But all is not lost. Having gotten customer feedback prior to actually launching our product will now save us sufficient time in researching. I would like to ask your permission to go ahead with making plans to launch Soap A in Area 2. If you could possibly provide me with a second chance to prove that my team and I have it in us to be successful sales professionals who can not only meet, but exceed revenue targets set to us, I will be very appreciative.
Thank you for your kindness. I look forward to hearing from you soon.