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Thinking of Returning to a Previous Employer? Here’s What to Consider

Regularly changing employers is a standard method for career progression. Taking on more senior roles with different companies lets you add to your knowledge, skill set, and experience. These factors impact your ability to qualify for more leadership positions.

Although career growth typically focuses on the future, sometimes it pays to look at your past successes. Perhaps there was a previous employer you enjoyed working for but left for another opportunity. Maybe this employer has an opening that could advance your career.

Discover what to consider if you are considering returning to a previous employer.

Your Reasons for Leaving a Previous Employer

Maybe you left a previous employer because a new opportunity aligned with your goals and interests. Or, perhaps the coronavirus pandemic caused you to quit for personal reasons.

No matter your reason for changing jobs, you may want to return to a position or company you enjoyed and excelled in. You might appreciate the role even more after taking time away from it.

The ongoing labor shortage is encouraging employers to rehire former employees. One of the biggest reasons is that returning employees understand the culture and have established relationships within the organization.

These employees require less training to begin producing. As a result, former rehired employees typically outperform employees entirely new to the company.

Your Ability to Take on a Higher Role

Perhaps you left a previous employer to take on new challenges with a different company. You spent several years gaining valuable knowledge, skills, and experience. Your qualifications equip you to return to your previous employer in a higher position than before.

Your ability to secure a more senior role can provide you with an advanced title and more significant compensation. As a result, you would be returning to the company but in a stronger position than when you left. Therefore, your return would be similar to a promotion.

Because of your institutional knowledge, you could return to the company and begin producing in a short amount of time. You also could use what you learned by working elsewhere to benefit your previous employer. Plus, you could use your pre-existing relationships and networks for future advancement opportunities.

Your Potential for Support

Returning to a previous employer may mean working with former colleagues and coworkers. These employees may resent your ability to return to a higher role with more significant compensation. As a result, they might withhold their help and support, making your transition difficult.

If you left a previous employer due to organizational change, you might return to the same issues. Therefore, you could end up leaving again because these issues were not resolved.

Returning to a previous employer might impose more significant pressure to perform than a new hire. Therefore, you might be more likely to be let go if you do not reach expectations.

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