As we mentioned, there are a lot of benefits to hiring a former employee, but, as always, it is up to you as an employer to make an educated decision and figuring out if those benefits outweigh the potential hazards that can come with working with boomerang employees.
Since we’ve spent a good amount of time focusing on the employer’s side of things, we thought it would only be fair to take a look at the employee’s side. So, here are some tips on how to successfully get re-hired by your former employer. Take a look below:
Stay in touch: If you really want to ensure that you are on the list of potential candidates to get re-hired, then make sure that you are staying in touch with your former employers. Keeping in contact with them doesn’t need to be complicated. Simply sending a friendly email, or stopping in to say hello, is always a nice way to let them know that you still care about them and the company. It also keeps you in their mind as someone who may just want to come back.
Walk away civilized: And, with that mind, you’ll need to make sure you walk away from your job in the most civilized manner possible. More often than not, it will be out of your control as to how your employers think about you, but you can definitely help your case by leaving your job with as few problems as possible. So, make sure you tie up loose ends and finish any necessary projects—because if you don’t, then your last impression will most likely not be a good one.
Make reasonable requests: If and when you decide to return to your old job, try to make sure you are making reasonable requests. When you first walked away from the job, you maybe had a long list of wants and needs, but you have to keep in mind that your employer will be weighing the benefits of hiring you back as well, so try to keep your demands reasonable. Otherwise, you run the risk of upsetting your former employer and losing out on the position.