Why Work for a Previous Employer?
There is always a catalyst that ignites the desire of an employee to look around, be it a temperamental boss, difficult clients, or a chatterbox co-worker. No matter how much you like your work, these factors may cause you to look for greener pastures. However, changing jobs doesn’t guarantee a better situation, and when you make that mistake, working for a previous employer again may be your best option.
A big advantage of working for a previous employer is familiarity. You already know the business and the workplace environment. Use your knowledge to negotiate an offer that favors you. You should also check to see if the reasons you left are now resolved.
Why Would they Hire You Again?
Each job is not exactly alike, and you will learn new things in different environments. After working for other companies and improving your skill set, a previous employer may realize that you are the best person for the job. Also, perhaps due to economic growth a new position has opened, and your newly improved skill set might be a good fit for the job.
When leaving a company, you should not let it be the end of a relationship. No matter how much you hated the job, practice professionalism. Don’t let your emotions get ahead of you; in the same way that you should never bad-mouth a former boss in an interview, it is recommended to show respect at all times to the people who hired you. You never know when you might need them again!