How to ask for your job back after resigningChen Wan Lim
Mistakes happen. Regrets happen. Perhaps you left a previous job for greener pastures hoping to land yourself in a dream job. However, few months have pasts and the reality has sunk in – your current job is far from a dream job. In fact, the new job is not even as good as the old one you had before. Soon after, the thought of returning to your previous job crossed your mind. But how do you exactly ask for your old job back? Before you start calling your ex-boss, do consider these few things first:
1. Has the vacancy you created been filled?
Chances are, there is already someone sitting in the vacancy you created when you left the job. Investigate if the position is already filled or there are multiple vacancies which are still vacant.
2. Will there be a pay-cut?
It is unlikely that you will return to your previous job (assuming similar job level, rank and responsibilities) with a pay rise. There could also be a pay cut if the management has decided that they are willing to hire a person with less experience to undertake that particular role. Therefore, do consider this before re-applying.
3. Are you still on good terms with the company?
If you left your previous company on a good note, then good for you. However, if your departure was a mixed of awkwardness with a bit of resentment coupled with the exchange of some unpleasant words, then your re-entry might not bode well for some.
After you taken the abovementioned factors into consideration, here’s how to ask for your job back after resigning:
It’s good to reconnect with your previous employer and supervisors before formally writing in to re-apply for a job. Do some investigation and ask if the role you left is still vacant or if there are any other vacancies which will be a good fit for your skill set. While they do not need to know the exact reason why you intend to leave your new job, it is always worthwhile trying to upsell yourself by offering new skills and information you can bring along with you.
2. Get your story straight
If you were to request for your previous job back, the elephant in the room will be why the change of mind? Ensure that the reason why you are leaving and the reasons you intend to return to your previous company is consistent every step of the way. Any deviation in the story can cause suspicion and could derail your plans of returning.
3. Prepare the necessary documentations
It might be the case where you know everyone in Human Resources in your previous company and that you are still in very good terms with your ex-boss. Do not take things for granted though. Prepare all the necessary documents such as your resume and cover letters. Go through all the proper channels and ensure your application back into the company is free from bias.
4. Have a contingency plan
As there will not be certainty that you will get your old job back or if you will be offered a different position, be prepared with a contingency plan. Be sure to reach out to your other circle of connections and also to apply to other companies.