6 Steps on How to Get Your Job Back

For some reason, your new job is not working too well for you, and you are feeling that tinge of regret why you decided to leave your previous one in the first place. Then you start to wonder, “Is there a way to get my old job back?”

The answer is yes, but it’s going to be a lot of challenge, and the success rate is not that too high. Nevertheless, if you are dead serious of working in your previous company, then there are ways to make it somehow possible. Here are six of them:

1. Determine why you are out in the first place.
There is no reason why you should apply for your old job if you have left because you do not like it. Sooner than you have expected, you will begin to feel the burnout and itching to search for another work again. The chances of getting it back are also nil if you have suddenly dropped out of it without proper explanation, or you have been terminated.

Give it a very serious thought. Sometimes you make irrational decisions when you are in tight situations. Decide when your mind is clear and free from stress.

2. Know if the position is still open.
If you do not know for sure, contact your previous colleagues.

3. Back your resume with much stronger references.
Most definitely, your old boss is going to be apprehensive to hire you back, so you need a more solid arsenal to reduce his or her doubt on you. One of the best ways is to not only update your working experience and skills list but also provide better references. Find out who among your previous employers, teachers, or other professionals can vouch for your sincerity, honesty, and expertise.

4. Be ready to eat humble pie.
It is definitely humbling and even embarrassing to ask for your old job. In fact, some bosses relish on ex-employees who beg to them. So unless you are prepared to drop all airs, admit whatever wrong decisions you have made, and prove yourself 100 percent more this time to them, let go of the re-application idea.

5. Offer something new and different on the table.
Make yourself a lot more valuable than before. This way, there will be fewer excuses for them not to hire you back. Perhaps while you are processing your application, you can already start gaining new skills through trainings and classes. See to it that you can let your bosses know about your current and future plans, which will help you contribute more to the organization.

6. Never ever jeopardize yourself on your present job.
A lot of employees make the biggest mistake by forcing their present employers to terminate them. They usually perform poorly. That will surely not sit well with your old company, as you are seen as a potential headache and liability.

Always remember it is not the company’s fault why you feel miserable, or you feel there’s a need to go back to your old job. Give it some respect and don’t ruin your future by being negative.

…or find a better one in our CAREER section ;)!

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One Response to 6 Steps on How to Get Your Job Back

  1. William Marzullo says:

    My first response is “why”?

    I know more than most, that in a poor economy I would even consider going back to my previous employer. It’s bad out there! I can say now though, that I am eternally grateful for the cowardly 3rd-party response I received when I acquiesced and asked if I could come back…at any position.

    I can look back now and easily see it but it was difficult to see when I was without a job. I was willing to compromise my issues and principles to go back to a place where I wanted to leave in the first place. And that is the issue; something makes people leave bosses, culture, strategy, engagement, opportunities, process, senior leadership, pay, benefits, and even the economy itself.

    It’s the “counter-offer” effect. Many companies make counter-offers to departing, or seemingly departing, employees. Data shows however, that those that accept a counter-offer are rarely there after another year. Why? Because whatever it was that caused them to look in the first place is still an issue. Unless money alone was the issue, money alone won’t fix it.

    So assuming everything is roses at your previous employer, or things are so bad at your new employer, or you just plain cannot find another position, your ability to return will depend on the quality of your resignation. Was your resignation cleansing or professional? Either way, nothing short of an uber-graceful departure will leave that door open for you.

    The last point is quite simple, have they refilled the position yet? Based on the cost of staffing alone, not to mention the ability to upgrade talent, if the position is filled you are most likely out of luck. No matter how loved you were, how graceful your departure, if the position is filled you are not getting that job back.

    The moral? People will do just about anything to get a job nowadays. So much so, that those unhappy, the under employed, are not looking, or at the very least not changing jobs, in the present economy. Once the needle moves consistently towards a recovery everyone can agree on, you will see hordes of employees checking the quality of the grass on the other side and many may find themselves in this predicament.


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