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How to Get Rehired After You Quit

How to Get Rehired After You Quit – If you’ve realized quitting your previous job was a mistake and you want to be reabsorbed, you won’t lose everything.  You can renew yourself and relationship with your ex-employer as long as you leave the job on reasonably good terms.  And even if you didn’t, you might still have a chance.

  We hope you left your old employer favorably.  Since you don’t know what will happen when you start a new job, it makes sense to leave the job on the best possible terms.

What makes you ineligible for rehire?

  There is no federal law that states that an employer cannot re-employ an employee who resigns, and no federal laws require employers to reassign those employees.  Employers are free to decide who is eligible for re-employment.  Either way, the employee handbook should fully explain the company’s policy on re-employment eligibility so that employees understand how leaving the job and the circumstances in which they quit can affect re-employment eligibility.

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  Despite the principle of employment at will that gives employees the right to leave work for their employers, the professional standard for leaving work is to provide two weeks’ notice.  Employers who require two weeks’ notice may have policies in place stating that state employees who fail to provide adequate notice are not eligible for re-employment.


  Employers who do not have written policies about re-employment requirements often say that they will review re-employment eligibility on a case-by-case basis.  For example, an employer might base re-employment eligibility on the quality of an employee’s work for the company.  If performance is sub-par, the company may exercise its discretion to deny that person’s eligibility.  Some employers re-hire employees – even those who have been forcibly fired – after a specified waiting period, such as 90 days.  This practice is not unusual in industries with high turnover or where it is difficult to find employees with specific skills and qualifications.


  Employers who have a written policy of re-employment eligibility must inform all employees of the policy.  Additionally, HR personnel should always know when an employee is eligible for re-employment.  Firms considering hiring candidates who have left their previous jobs often contact the candidate’s previous employer to inquire whether the candidate is eligible for re-employment.  If a potential employer asks for this information and the candidate’s previous employer HR department is unsure of whether the employee qualifies or stumbles for an answer, this may reflect poorly on the candidate being considered for another job.

How to Get Rehired After You Quit

1.    Gracefully resign

 To get rehired after you quit, you have to do everything in your power to ensure that you resign on good terms.  Here’s advice on how to quit the job.  Leaving employment in the best possible terms will help you keep your foot at the door of the company and increase your chances of re-employment.  If you don’t leave on the best terms, your reset might be difficult.  You can reach out to your previous manager to try to make things easier.

2.    Stay in touch with colleagues

  Stay in touch with your former classmates.  Connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Send out a LinkedIn message or email occasionally to check their performance.  Have coffee and lunch on occasions.  The more connected you are, the easier to come back.  The stronger your personal connections, the more likely you are to recover.

3.    Stay in touch with the company

  In addition to staying in touch with your former colleagues, stay in touch with the company.  If the company has a LinkedIn group, join it or follow the company page on LinkedIn.  You can also “like” the company page on Facebook and follow the company on Twitter.  If your previous employer ran the corporate alumni network, join it.  The more you participate, the higher your chances of coming back.

4.    Ask for a fresh start

  If you can’t get reassigned to your old job, but you haven’t damaged your reputation at the company, consider applying for a job at a higher level, especially if you’ve been away for a while and gain new skills.

  In a way, this might be a better way to go.  The company can more easily justify your reassignment after gaining new experience, rather than re-hiring you because you made a mistake.  Remember, even if your new job involves a different supervisor, reach out to your previous boss and try to adjust them.  Their evaluation of you can play a big role in whether or not you will have the opportunity to start over at the company.

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  Although repurposing your old job after quitting may seem like a long opportunity, remember that you have good knowledge.  Hiring new people is costly and time consuming.  The old clerk already knows the way around and can work from day one”which is something to keep in your back pocket when making your case.

5.    Make your case in person

  Once you have decided to get rehired after you quit, request an in-person interview with your former supervisor.  Without going into too much detail, just mention that your new position is not working, and that you love talking about returning to your previous job if this is something that interests them.  Sending an email, instead of calling, avoids a quick response from your previous manager and gives them an opportunity to pool their thoughts together before responding.

  If you don’t get a response, you can go straight to the office and camp in the foyer so your ex has a free moment.  Before going, ask the friends in the section when it would be good to watch you.  Just be prepared to accept defeat if your ex-boss refuses to see you.


6.    Prepare your explanation

  Your previous supervisor might have no idea why you left.  And they will definitely ask why you think they should take you back.  Your response should not be arrogant or humiliating.  Regardless of your past status at the company, your recent departure may have damaged your credibility and lowered your standing.  Your goal is to be regretful while maintaining a level of self-esteem.

  Explain that you understand their reluctance to bring you back, but that you want a second chance and a fresh start.  Show that if they re-hire you, you are ready to work harder than ever to demonstrate your commitment to the company.  Be as honest as possible and provide lots of concrete examples to support your case.