Working for a Previous Employer

Reconnecting with Previous EmployersOftentimes when leaving a company, job seekers burn bridges without ever looking. Ideally, however, when resigning to work for another company, no bridges should be burned. You don’t want to transfer to a new company and end the relationships you have worked so hard to build. When you leave on good terms with everyone—especially the employer—it could even led to the opportunity to work for them again someday.

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!

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.