How to Decide if You Should Return to a Former Employer

May 10, 2021 by Job Tinkers

At some point, you might get the opportunity to return to an employer for which you once worked. You may be on the fence about whether you should do it or not. The following are some things to consider before you make that decision:

What Was Your Reason for Separation?

First, you have to think about why you left that job in the first place. It's acceptable to return if it was a seasonal position that ended without a permanent hire. However, you may want to think twice if you left the job for other reasons, such as undesirable wages or conflicts with your bosses or coworkers.

Has Anything Changed?

Once you remember why you left the job, you'll then need to decide if anything has changed since you left. Are the same workers and managers there? Is the pay rate the same? Has the company culture changed at all? You would be unhappy there again if you were unhappy the first time for any of the previously mentioned reasons.

Does the New Role Meet Your Needs?

A third question to ask yourself is whether the new role meets your needs. Sit down and take the time to think about everything you need from the position. Think about the pay rate, benefits, environment, and possibility of advancement. You can feel comfortable going for it if you feel as though it will provide you with what you need. You might want to think again if you find that the details of the position will not meet your needs. It's only wise to return to a former job if there's an opportunity for you to grow from what you were before.

You will gain clarity once you answer all those questions for yourself. You might find that the answers compel you to return. Alternatively, they may give you more reasons not to go back.

View More Job Advice