3 Reasons Why Returning to your Former Employer Could be the Greatest Decision of your Career

by Modis on November 12, 2015


Are you thinking of returning to a former employer?

If you’re finding yourself on the fence, you’re not alone—many employees find themselves wondering whether it would be a ‘good move’ to go back. Admittedly, it feels a little weird.

If you’re feeling nervous or wondering whether you’re making the best career move, the answer is simple: think with your head rather than your heart.

Returning to a former employer can be one of the greatest decisions of your career. Why? You’re likely already familiar with your former company and product, know the ins and outs of every operation and have a rapport with your boss to-be. While most new hires are starting from scratch, you’ll catch on quicker and assume more responsibilities, faster. Here are 3 more reasons why you should consider returning to a former employer.

There’s a Strong Sense of Trust

You already know your former employer and your former employer already knows you. There are no ambiguities or uncertainties about performance— you’re returning to a past ‘home’ where you’ve already built your reputation.

Your first 90 days on the job will be a breeze. You’ll jive with the team quickly and in many ways, pick up where you left off—to finally finish up that dream project that you left hanging.

Without a doubt, your team will celebrate your return.

You’ll Get the Best Possible Offer

You know the ins and outs of your former employer—and your hiring manager knows it. You’ve likely done your own hiring while at that company, and you know where salary ranges stand. Given your positioning, you won’t need to worry about a lowball offer—your hiring manager will go to bat for you and ensure that you’re getting the best possible market rate.

This level of transparency is not easily attained, but it’s one that you’ll have in hand when you negotiate your new role and salary.

You’ll Achieve More

It can take years for an employee to ramp up to his or her peak. That’s because it takes time to learn about new industries, business models and technologies. You need to put in significant time to become a master of your craft and make your best possible contributions.

But you already know your former employer. You’ve gone through the experience of testing ideas, reflecting on your experience and dwelling over each and every road not taken. You’ve learned, grown and found new employment opportunities.

It’s these experiences that will help you most when you return to your former employer. You’ll be ready to hit the ground running on your first day, and you’ll have rare, untapped insight to share.

The Best Career Path for You

When you return to your former employer, you’ll want to be in a position to advance your career and move ahead. Make sure that you clearly articulate your skills and value. But, if you’re looking to advance your career outside of a former employer, Modis can help! Contact one of our 60 locations across the U.S. to get connected to a career counselor and recruiter. We’ll help you land your dream job and get your career on the right path.


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