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Is it worth going back to work for a company that you left once

01 Jun 2023, 00:01, parser
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A rare employee, submitting a letter of resignation on his own, thinks that he will be able to get a job in the same company again. It seems logical: gone — don't look back.

However, more than 55% of Russians who changed jobs received The Russians named the reasons for returning to their old job / RBC offer to return. A little more than 20% applied to the former bosses themselves, and 70% of them started working in the old company again. Let's figure out in which cases it is worth thinking about such a return, and in which cases it is not.

What are the advantages of returning to your previous job

There are enough of them not to give up such an opportunity.

It is easier to pass the preliminary stages of employment

Often, candidates need to be selected before receiving an offer. That is, to perform test tasks of varying complexity, and then tell about yourself at several interviews. But since you have already worked at the company and they know about your skills, it will be easier for you. Maybe no tests will be needed at all.

If you are applying for a position higher than the previous one, then perhaps some version of the test will still have to be performed. But it will be easier for you to do it than for a complete stranger. After all, you are already familiar with what the company does and for what target audience it works. And former, they are also future, colleagues are well aware of your working and human qualities.

However, you can't avoid an interview with your superiors anyway — you and your supervisor will have to discuss new terms of cooperation. There are two possible options here:

  1. The boss invited you back himself. During the conversation, you can immediately tell about the experience accumulated over the past time. If it turns out to be impressive, it is worth renegotiating the salary level that will suit you. It is very likely that it will be higher than the previous one.
  2. The return is your initiative. Here, too, it makes sense to tell about the experience that you have received in other companies. And explain how you can use it. Probably, the salary level will remain the same, but over time the situation may change for the better. Of course, if you show yourself to be a really valuable employee.

There won't be a long adaptation in the company

You can start working tasks right away. You don't have to spend time getting acquainted with the company's work and internal rules: you already know all this very well.

Perhaps you will be accepted for a probationary period — for example, because now you will work in a higher position. However, it will be easier for you to pass it than for a person "from the street". And if you still have questions, you will know exactly who to contact.

There will be a familiar environment around from the very beginning. She will surely cause you pleasant associations — otherwise you would hardly have returned. And this will also help you get into a comfortable working rhythm faster.

There will be no unpleasant surprises in the new place

It happens that in a new company, an employee is waiting for pitfalls that were not visible at the interview. For example, a colleague at the next table will turn out to be a rare bore. Or it turns out that the boss sometimes behaves unceremoniously.

Returning to the old place, you will already be aware of all these nuances. Therefore, there will be no unpleasant surprises.

Of course, new annoying circumstances can always arise. For example, you will find that the cafe where you went for lunch has already closed. Or a colleague with whom you often discussed sports news recently quit. But it is easier to cope with several problems than to create comfortable conditions from scratch.

New experience will help career growth

The knowledge, skills and practical experience that you have gained while working in other places are very valuable. Most likely, you had to solve completely different tasks. For example, to work with an unfamiliar sector of the market. This will allow you to combine new skills with those acquired earlier and take on more complex projects.

Even if the previous experience was unsuccessful, it should be taken into account and used. For example, if you have made several unsuccessful trades, you are unlikely to repeat the same mistakes again. And your now new company will get a valuable employee who knows what kind of rake you don't need to step on.

In addition, now you can look at familiar problems from a different point of view, see them from the outside. And offer solutions that are difficult to see from the inside.

All this can help you climb the career ladder.

What are the disadvantages of such a return

Of course, the restoration at the previous place of work is not always cloudless.

The manager may doubt your loyalty

If you returned on your own initiative, the boss may treat you with prejudice. After all, no one can guarantee that a person who has left the company once will not do it again. For example, if the situation on the labor market changes, and competitors offer a higher salary.

There is nothing unusual in such situations. But if a company invests in employee education and professional development, then the manager wants to be sure that these investments will pay off. And if an employee is assigned to lead a long-term project, then no one will be happy if they have to look for a new performer in the middle of the way.

Therefore, you should show that you have returned for a long time and will not immediately look for the best employment options. Or maybe report it directly.

Colleagues may consider your departure a betrayal

Those who have been working here for a long time and treat the company as an important part of life, and not just a place of earnings, are able to think so. Perhaps at first they will treat you worse than before.

Prejudice can be dealt with if you openly tell them what made you leave. And especially — what prompted me to return. Of course, frank conversations should be conducted only with those whom you sincerely respect and whose opinion you really care about.

Leaving and then returning may be perceived as a defeat

This happens if a person before dismissal told that he finally managed to find a better place. Or he did not speak very respectfully about the company from which he left and where he now had to return.

Yes, it was necessary — colleagues may decide that you have failed in a new place. Or overestimated themselves as a specialist. Even if you tell them that you left the new company because you were not satisfied with the team or the relationship with the management, they may perceive you as a loser.

Such a situation is possible. But if you have not seriously quarreled with colleagues before leaving, the relationship can be rebuilt. Of course, it will take time.

How to decide whether to return to your old place of work

If you are seriously considering returning, try to find answers to a few questions:

  1. Is there still a reason that made you quit, or has the situation changed for the better? For example, if you used to have constant conflicts with the head of the department, it is worth finding out if you will fall under his leadership again. Has he quit or are you applying for a position in another department? So, everything is in order and we can think about returning.
  2. As far as the former, it's the future place of work is more attractive to you than the current one. If you decide to leave again, it means that the new company does not suit you either. It makes sense to write down all the pros and cons of the current and old work. And then determine which advantages of both companies are now a priority for you.
  3. What conditions other companies can offer you. It is worth considering returning to the previous place of work on a par with other employment options. After all, in addition to the two points of choice — your former and current firms — there are many other companies. It is better not to rush, but to study in detail all the opportunities that the market offers. And only then make a decision.
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