Employees quit their jobs for several reasons – relocation, unfavorable work culture, poor relationship with colleagues, seeking greener pastures, upskilling, and financial stability. Whatever the reason is, there are situations where an employee wants their job back.
Seeking employment in your former firm is not a bad thing, especially if you quit the right way. Even if you didn't, following the steps discussed in this article can help you stand a chance of getting rehired.
Connecting with your former colleagues makes it easy to get your job back. You can keep in touch with your former colleagues on social media like Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Sending a message once in a while increases personal relationships and your chances of getting rehired.
In your career, you should avoid burning bridges. As earlier discussed, having a good relationship with your former colleagues and bosses can help you in your professional journey; therefore, try remaining on good terms.
Furthermore, before approaching your former boss about rehiring, you must know where you stand. If you are considering your old job, check with human resources to know if the position is available. Also, reach out to friends or connections you have at your former job to know your standing.
Although making mistakes once in a while is okay, it is important to learn from them and take responsibility for your actions. Introspecting can help you with this. When requesting your former job, you'll have to provide an explanation regarding why you left in the first place. You can do this by taking time to reflect on why you left, identifying what went wrong, and figuring out how you are more appreciative of your old job. Also, you should ask yourself why you want to return to your old job.
Your former supervisor may not know why you left your job; therefore, they'll certainly ask you questions about why you think they should rehire you. When answering, ensure your answers are not arrogant. It would be best if you were remorseful while maintaining self-respect.
Explain that you understand the company's hesitation in rehiring you but that you want a second chance and a fresh start. Also, let them know you'll be willing to work hard in proving your commitment to the company.
When explaining yourself, ensure you are genuine, giving concrete examples to support your case.
After deciding that you want to request your old job, meeting in person with your former supervisor is ideal. When requesting an in-person meeting, you don't have to go into many details. Let them know that your new position is not working out, and you'd like to talk about your former position if they're interested. Furthermore, sending an email rather than calling gives your manager a chance to pull their thoughts together before responding rather than giving you a knee-jerk answer.
If you don't receive a response, you can go directly to your office and wait in the lobby till your ex-boss has a free moment. You can ask your friends at the workplace for the best time to come around. Nevertheless, in case your former manager refuses to see you, you should be prepared to accept defeat.
If your old role is unavailable, you can apply for a more senior position, especially if you've left the company for a while and gained new skills. This way, the company can justify leaving your former position and hiring you rather than rehiring you because of a mistake. Even if you have a new supervisor, you can still reach out to your former boss to make amends. Your boss' assessment of you plays a huge role in determining if you'll be a part of the company.
There are several reasons why people change jobs. However, upon realizing that your new job is not the best fit for you, you can request your old job. The tips discussed in this article can help you get rehired.
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