Monday, Jun 10 2019

Make a Mistake and Leave? Here's How to Get Your Old Job Back

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Make a Mistake Heres How to Get Your Old Job Back


When you leave for a new job, you are usually working on the assumption that your new role will be either a better fit or that it can help you advance your career. While this may be the case in many situations, sometimes you only realize that the position isn’t what it seemed to be after you start in it. If that happens, you might find yourself wishing that you hadn’t left your old job and wondering if you can go back.

While getting your old job back isn’t necessarily impossible, there are some challenges you may face. However, you may also come with some benefits that your previous employer will appreciate, which may make it easier to convince them to give you another chance. If you want to get your old job back, here’s what you need to do.

Find Out If It’s Possible

Except for in exceptionally rare cases, you can’t just make one call and get your old job back. Instead, you’ll need to find the answers to a couple of questions to see if pursuing a return is even a good idea.

First, does the company have a suitable opening? If you’ve been gone for a while, the position you left has likely been refilled, so shifting right back into your previous role might not be an option. Even if they didn’t fill that job, the duties or requirements could have changed depending on the company’s current needs. Ideally, you want to make sure there is an opening before you try to come back.

Second, you’ll need to find out if you are eligible for rehire. Each organization has its own rules that govern whether a former employee can return. In some cases, workers who were in good standing, left voluntarily, and provided proper notice might be able to come back. At times, companies have time-based requirements, like a minimum number of years that need to pass before you attempt to get rehired. In the strictest companies, no one is eligible for rehire, regardless of the circumstances surrounding their exit or prior performance.

Before you try to get your old job back, contact the company’s HR department or office manager and find out if you are eligible. If you aren’t, then it is better to move on now than waste time trying to get rehired.


“Selling” the Company on the Idea

When you try to get your old job back, you are stuck with a deficit. Since you left before, the company may have doubts about whether you’d stay for the long-term. You are facing a potential uphill battle, so you need to be ready to extoll the benefits of allowing you to return.

Along with bringing certain skills to the table, you can highlight a few other pluses. For example, the onboarding process will be shorter as you have been through it before and are familiar with the organization. You’ll reach full productivity faster, and the rehire process may be less expensive than selecting someone new. Further, you know what you’re coming back to, so you understand the culture, vision, and mission, and feel they align with what you’re hoping to find.

Another point worth making, if you’ve been gone for more than a year, is that you may have additional skills or experience that the business may value. You can showcase what you’ve learned since leaving the company, demonstrating how it makes you a better fit than before.

When you promote why you should be able to return, make sure that you never “beg” for your job back. This makes you seem desperate or like you are trying to find a way to leave a bad situation. In either case, that won’t help you land your old job again.


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