You’re looking for a new job when you come across a posting that sounds ideal. But then you realize one potential sticking point – it’s with your past employer. Should you skip over it, or apply anyway?
As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows if you left your past employer because you didn’t like working there – whether it was your boss, your co-workers, or the culture – then you should keep moving. Even though it can be tempting to apply if the job sounds perfect, you’ll likely wind up unhappy, frustrated and ready to move on…again.
In addition, if you burned a few bridges when you left, then you may be wasting your time re-applying. For instance, if you quit abruptly without two weeks notice or were consistently written up for poor performance, those are good reasons not to apply.
However, if you simply left for a better opportunity, but would be interested in boomeranging back in, then it’s certainly worth it to apply. And, in fact, you might be a top choice candidate for your past employer for a few reasons:
- You already know the business and the culture, so onboarding and training time would be less than for other candidates.
- You are a known entity. In other words, your past employer knows your personality and work ethic and doesn’t have to worry about any nasty surprises should they hire you.
- You fit with the culture. One of the prime reasons new hires quit is due to a lack of cultural fit. But you already know the culture and are comfortable in it.
With that said, how do you go about re-applying so you make it to the top of the list? Here are a few quick tips:
- Reach out to your old boss or former colleagues and tell them you’re interested in the job. Try to get together over coffee or lunch and inquire about what you think the chances are of you landing the position. Ask if they’d be willing to recommend you.
- Be prepared to be persuasive. Just because you are a well-liked former employee doesn’t mean you’re a shoo-in for the job. You still need to sell yourself and persuade the hiring manager as to why you should be the top choice. For instance, if you’ve expanded your skill set since you’ve left the company, highlight the added value you can bring to the table because of it.
- And finally, approach the process just as you would with a new employer. Be prepared for every phone screen and interview. Act professionally at all times. And follow up with thank you notes after any interviews.
Do you need more help finding your next great job? Call Adams & Garth. As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, we partner with top employers throughout the region to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. Search our Central Virginia jobs now or contact us today.