A recent survey revealed nearly half of millennial and Gen Z job seekers would try to get their old job back if they hated their new one. These employees are what “The Muse” CEO Kathryn Minshew has dubbed as “boomerang employees.”
- Boomerang employees are attractive to companies because it saves them time and money in the hiring process since the employee is already familiar with the culture and job expectations.
- Additionally, companies are becoming more and more understanding of situations where employees leave jobs rather quickly after getting hired because of toxic workplaces.
With this being said, there’s a good chance your employer would take you back. Keep these things in mind if you’re looking to return to your old job.
- Consider why you left. Some things might even be negotiation working out in your favor. Be aware that the reasons why you left in the first place may still exist so come prepared with solutions to address them.
- Make up with your ex-employer. Start with an email asking for an appointment phone call and make your actual ask over the phone. Explain why you left and be honest about why you want to return. Keep in mind this will play out best if you left on good terms.
- Reach back out to recruiters you turned down. It’s not a bad idea to circle back to employers who once showed interest in you before, even if you turned them down. It’s a tight labor market and there's a chance they, “would be delighted to re-engage a candidate that they have been previously speaking to, if they have not already filled the role,” Minshew says.