There are many reasons why you may consider approaching a previous employer with a view to returning to familiar shores. Whether it's because your new role isn't quite living up to expectations, the lure of a coveted position which was previously out of reach suddenly becoming available, or simply because you miss your former colleagues. Whatever the reason, you'll need a carefully planned strategy to make sure your homecoming is a success.
Is it possible to go back?
Obviously, if you left under a cloud, then your options may not be as plentiful, but if you left to the sound of much back-patting and a "come back anytime" promise then you could be in business.
Research is always good. Test the water before making your final approach, a few discreet enquires to trusted former colleagues will tell you whether it is an appropriate time to return, and could help you prepare much better than going in blind.
Something else that you should think seriously about is whether you can commit to going back long-term. If you were successful, but then you have a serious bout of déjà vu in your second week – suddenly remembering why you left in the first place – leaving the firm again could spell the end of any good relationship you may have had up until that point, and the boss may not think as favourably about you if ask for a reference.
Making your approach
So, you have decided to venture back across the bridge. If you have only been gone a short time, you could just get back in touch with your ex-boss and let him or her know that you have made a mistake. Send an email though. A telephone call may put them on the spot, so give them space, and give them a chance to have a meeting to discuss the possibility.
If you have been away from the company for a while, do your homework. Is the boss the same person or someone new? A quick phone call to reception will confirm this.
As you have been there before, they know what you did, how well you performed and why you left. There's therefore no need to get too creative about what you have already contributed. Although, if there is a change of manager, you should be prepared for the dreaded "reason for leaving" question in the interview.
As well as highlighting your best achievements, focus on what skills you have picked up since leaving and more importantly, how you are now an even better asset to the firm than you were before. Don't assume it is a foregone conclusion that you will be welcomed back – you will still need to prove yourself.
Your cover letter
This is where all your preparation comes together. If you don't prepare adequately and the boss has changed, at best, your email will bounce back to you, or spend the rest of eternity in cyberspace. At worst, the new manager will receive it, and your opportunity to make a good first impression is gone.
The content of the letter should be fairly formal, you can definitely direct their attention to your former tenure with the firm, but don't dwell on it. Rather like your CV, focus on how you are now an even greater asset to the firm.
Direct the reader's attention to your CV, but don't repeat content that is already mentioned there. You could pre-empt the "reason for leaving" question in your letter, but if you do, you should state clearly why you want to come back.
A final tip on the actual application: get someone to read it over for you, an objective view is often the thing you need to make sure that the overall flavour of your approach is likely to be well received.
Before you even put pen to paper you should check that you have done everything as follows.
A bit obvious, but check the company website, you are likely to either learn a few things, or have confirmed what you already know about the firm.
Open (if you haven't already) a LinkedIn account and reach out to some people who could give you some basic information about the changes that have occurred while you have been away.
If there are still a few gaps in your research after you have done this, you may have to pick up the phone to find out who you need to approach.
David Smith is a job search consultant at Careervisa.co.uk.
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Articles > Sample cover letter for returning to previous employer
Sample cover letter for returning to previous employer
Humans make mistakes and sometimes we take decisions that we ourselves regret later. One of the examples of such mistakes is resigning your current job for a new job, which we later regret. You may not be able to get back your previous job but you certainly can give it a shot. You can send a letter to your previous boss/manager asking for a job of similar kind. When you draft a cover letter for a new job with the firm, emphasize your fellowship with the company and its procedures.
What to mention:
You could call the company for the details about the recruiter or the hiring manager. Get in touch with your former supervisor and ask for support and show your keen interest in getting rehired.
You should go about the letter in the following way:
� Draft a letter in the business letter format mention your contact details at the top, leave a blank line and mention the date. Leave a space and write the employer�s contact details.
� Start off with a salutation at the beginning. In the first paragraph show your interest in the job and mention the reason why you prefer your former company over the latter tell the reader why you want to work for the company again.
� Express your regret for leaving the company and assure your commitment to the company. Provide details about your qualifications, education, newly acquired skills.
� Assuming that your position might be filled enquire about any other vacancy in the firm.
� End your letter with a closing statement that reassures your concern in returning to the company and shows that you would like to discuss your application in an interview.
� Close your letters with salutations like �regards�, �thanking you� etc. leave a blank for your signature and write your full name below that.
Sample cover letter for returning to previous employer
Dear Mr./Ms. (last name),
As you are aware I started a job at (name of the company you currently working at) however, I am not able to cope up with the work environment and the duties of the company. Hence I am writing to explore about the circumstance of returning to my post as (your post in the previous company) at your company on which I had been working for (number of years you worked in that company).
I deeply apologize for my decision to resign from your company. If I am rehired I ensure you to offer a long-term commitment towards the company.
However during my recent job I have gained experience and made growth in communication as well as social skills. I realize that the post I am applying for might have been filled up, however I would be interested in any other openings in your company for which I can apply.
I ensure that I can offer a lot towards your company through my enthusiastic approach and I am keen in returning to your company. I would be looking forward to communication from your side regarding discussing my application in an interview. I can be reached on the contact details provided in this letter.
Thanking you for your time,
Points to remember:
� Before writing a cover letter to the company you previously worked for, make sure you really want to go back to the company. Keep in mind the benefits and disadvantages of joining as a fresh employee.