Need a sample letter for requesting vacation time to help you get started?
Asking your employer for vacation can be awkward if you’re unsure what to say. These sample letters for requesting vacation time will help you smooth out the process.
The first step in writing a sample letter for requesting vacation time is to be thoroughly aware of your company’s vacation policy. This will set the tone for the letter. You will have to change your tone if you have vacation time already, compared to if you have to ask your employer to make an exception. We included some sample letters for requesting vacation time when your company has no formal policy. On a different note, if you don’t feel like coming back, here are sample letters for quitting your job.
Your letter needs to start by addressing the appropriate people in your company. There’s no point in sending your request to a person who doesn’t have the authority to approve or deny your request. Once you have found the right person, start the letter by opening up with your request.
The middle of your letter for requesting vacation time will deal with your reasons and include the amount of time you’re taking off and when you’ll be back. If you’ll be using your vacation time, make sure you include how many days you’ll be using. This section can also include your apologies for any inconvenience your absence may cause.
These following sample letters for requesting vacation time will help you make a smooth, respectful and professional ask for vacation time. Edit these sample letters to your own personal needs. Make sure you change the adjectives to adjust the letter to a tone appropriate for a conversation between you and your boss. If these letters are too formal for your job, replace some of the adjectives with more casual ones.
Sample letter for requesting vacation time when you have days saved up
This is a letter to inform you I will be using ___ of my saved up vacation days.
I wish to take holidays from ___ to ____. I am able to resume my duties on _____. I am writing this letter to for your approval of these vacation dates.
I look forward to your response
Sample letter for requesting a vacation when there’s no vacation policy
This letter is a formal request for a leave of absence for vacation time. I wish to submit the dates ___ to ____ for your approval.
This is my the first request for time off I have made since starting this position. I understand there is no formal vacation policy and I humbly ask that you consider my request.
I have not made a request for time off since ___ and would like to take some time to fully recharge. I know there is no formal vacation policy and I modestly ask that you consider this request.
I have not had time off since I’ve started my duties as (insert your position). I understand there is no formal vacation policy and politely ask for some time off (for rest, relaxation, recharge, enjoy family etc.)
I look forward to your response
Sample letter for requesting a vacation for health reasons
Sometimes due to health reasons, you may be forced to use your vacation time to recover. Usually this would only occur if your place of employment has no formal policy for sick time. Here’s a template you can use to request vacation time for your health.
Recently I have been quite ill with ____(only disclose the details of your illness if you feel comfortable enough to, either way you still may be asked for a doctors letter to confirm your illness).
Unfortunately there’s no way I can perform anywhere close to my best while I am ill. I am humbly requesting to use some of my vacation time to fully recuperate.
I am requesting to use __ of my vacation days to facilitate my recovery. I need to be at full health to sufficiently fulfil my responsibilities and contribute to the team.
Thank you for hearing me out and I hope the number of days I have requested will not cause too much inconvenience.
Read up on how to organize your resume here