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Back to the ex-employer: Please pay attention to this!

Only in the rarest of cases is the career a straight line. Even if many would like such a route, the reality is often different: There are curves, detours, one-way streets and in some cases also means "Please turn over!" Sometimes employees are drawn back to other companies after a certain period of time back to her ex-employer. But what do you have to look out for when you return to a former employer? Here is the dossier ...

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

Returning to Ex-Employer: The Reasons Are Crucial

The decision to change jobs should be natural never frivolous to be hit. After all, it is a step with far-reaching consequences that can influence both your professional future and your private situation.

Especially if this step could lead you to a former employer of all places, you should think carefully about whether you are acting for the right reasons:

  • Wish or need?

    A lot of frustration can build up when looking for a job. But you shouldn't let this influence your decision negatively. Try to assess objectively whether it is really your wish to return to your ex-employer or whether it is more of a stopgap solution for you, as you cannot find an alternative at the moment.

  • Advancement or regression?

    A return can also be a professional advancement. You may get a better position or more responsibility. For you, returning to work with a former employer should not be a step backwards on the career ladder.

Incidentally, most companies have absolutely nothing against former employees applying again. You know each other and therefore don't buy them Pig in a poke.

An already outdated Hays study says that 81 percent of HR managers would be willing to take on ex-colleagues again. They have little choice: the shortage of skilled workers will force them to do so at some point.

When a former employee returns home from other companies with fresh know-how and new perspectives, this can make them extremely attractive. He or she already knows his or her own company, and so does his colleagues, which means that less training time is required (provided that the commitment was not made tens of years ago). So an ex-employee is a bit like plug & play.

The advantages of the ex-employee at a glance

  • Both sides know each other - Colleagues, organization, processes.
  • The new one is already incorporated - There is no long training period.
  • The ex-employee brings new knowledge and new skills with.
  • The new perspective and the know-how make the ex-colleagues more valuable after the pilgrimage.

Indeed: Whether one of the ex-employers receives with open arms, depends crucially on how you walked at the time and what reputation is attached to you. That is why it is also said: Never burn bridges that you may have to cross again!

In addition, there is still enough for some ex-bosses or HR managers Discomfort present that Breach of loyalty is still present to you. Because the employee has already decided against the employer. How faithful is he now? Does the application mean purification or does it come out of necessity?

Therefore, you should be prepared for these questions, among others:

  • Why did you quit back then? And why do you see it differently today?
  • Why did you quit your previous employer now?
  • Why are you applying to us again?
  • What experiences have you been able to gain so far?
  • Why are you interested in your old position?
  • What are you hoping for from this (new) position?
  • What do you think is different today than it was XX years ago?

The better the reputation of the ex-employee, the easier it is to answer these questions and the less it is investigated.

Back to the ex-employer: This is how it works

So now you stand in front of the Return to your former place of work. Understandably a strange feeling - a mixture of familiarity and insecurity.

Experience has shown that they do young professionals with the return to the ex-employer easier than older people. They are also granted that they want to try out, experiment and gain the broadest possible professional experience before they commit themselves in the long term.

With older people it - unfortunately - sometimes seems like an admission, that the grass is not greener elsewhere.

You should definitely argue against this at the latest during the interview. Who is in need of explanation and no good reasons for the Wish to return can call, quickly makes his excursion look like a defeat - and dramatically minimizes the negotiating position and hiring opportunities.

Also how long the job pilgrimage lastedis not insignificant.

  • If the trip lasted less than two years, nobody really believes that you have really had a lot of in-depth experiences and achieved success elsewhere.
  • Conversely, look first more than five years Past the ex-employer again, he may hardly remember her, and too much has changed in the company (processes, workforces, business models), so that some of the advantages mentioned above have become obsolete.

The one for your resume in the long term, however most important point but is:

Are you landing exactly in the same position as before or do you ascend when you return?

The latter is crucial. Otherwise you have - with all experiences - actually not further developed and even stagnation represents a step backwards in the course of life.

Of course, that's a problem for some employers. After all, no company wants to give the impression that advancement in the store can only be achieved through infidelity, betrayal and frequent job changes.

Nevertheless: If you argue that you have improved your know-how during your trip through the corporate landscape and now more broadly positioned are (and you should!), then you just can't do the old job anymore. That would also be a waste of resources for the company.

Hence you should before returning check off these points:

  • You have gained experience that makes you more valuable.
  • Your know-how is now broader, deeper.
  • You know how to use that knowledge.
  • You still benefit from your old network.
  • At least 2 years have passed between leaving and returning.
  • No more than 5 years have passed between leaving and returning.
  • Your reputation with the ex-employer is (still) impeccable.
  • There are also good references from previous bosses.
  • The new position is better paid than the previous one.
  • The return is associated with an ascent.

There are even more questions to ask yourself HERE. The PDF can of course be downloaded for free.

In compact form we have the three main ones here again Tips, so that Return to your ex-employer becomes a success:

  1. Start over.

    There was a reason that you changed company once. Perhaps you were dissatisfied or you were looking for a new challenge. But now you have decided again for a job with this employer. A big mistake is falling back into old habits and repeating the exact same things you did during your previous time at the company. Instead, leave the legacy behind and start over.

  2. Show your new skills.

    You worked for another company for a while and were able to acquire new knowledge and skills there. You can now score with that. Convince your boss that your absence only made you more valuable to the company. Maybe you can give your career another boost right away.

  3. Prepare for questions.

    See above. There will certainly be some curious questions among colleagues, but also from your new (or old) manager, when you return to your former job. Be prepared for this and prepare appropriate answers.

  4. Develop yourself further.

    You may be coming back to your old job, but that doesn't mean you should stop developing. You used the time outside the company to gain new experience and face new challenges. Carry on with it! Attend training courses, expand your network and demand more responsibility in your new position.

One more thing: expect that not all ex-colleagues welcome you. Especially when you become their supervisor or something else, better.

You should never counter your reserve with arrogance (which ultimately documents your insecurity), but rather openly report on your experiences and with fresh ones Commitment and passion convince for the new old employer.

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