Given the competitive nature of today’s job market, as an executive you need to turn over every stone to find that next job. One stone that you may or may not have thought about looking under is going back to your old company to see if they have anything that fits your background. If you have had a good relationship with a former employer, you should certainly include that employer in your job search strategy.
Here are some compelling reasons for doing this:
1) You don’t have to sell your former employer on what you bring to the table. The employer already knows your work ethic, and there won’t be any surprises.
2) You fit with the company. When employers interview potential employees, they are looking for fit. For people who are new to the company, employers don’t know if they will fit into the company culture or not. But when you are a former employee, this is not an issue.
3) You have already established working relationships within the organization. Having relationships with people inside the company can really facilitate you being able to get your job done more quickly. Much of the work you do depends on working in partnership with other employees.
4) The learning curve will be relatively short. Since you know the company and you have worked there before, it won’t take you long to get up to speed with your work. This is a real plus for employers.
Now that you know why, from an employers’ perspective, you would be a good candidate for any openings with your former company, the next step is to throw your hat into the ring. You will need to reconnect with former co-workers and bosses to let them know that you are interested in coming back. It’s a good idea to start by putting out feelers to see if there are any positions that open that you would be qualified for. You can also take a former co-worker out to lunch to reestablish the relationship. It’s also a good idea to set up a networking meeting with a former boss to see how open the company would be to you returning. In addition, you can join any alumni groups that the company has on LinkedIn to reconnect with people in the organization.
Sometimes you can go back home again. It’s at least worth a try.
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