According to recent surveys by Accountemps, 94 percent of senior managers would be willing to rehire an employee who left a company either voluntarily or on good terms; and 52 percent of those employees would be willing to reapply to their old company.
If you think your old company might be willing to rehire you, keep the following resume tips in mind:
- Research the company’s open positions carefully because your former job may have a different title or may not exist. Target your resume for an existing opening that you feel is the best fit for you now.
- Make sure your resume to get rehired highlights any additional skills, accomplishments, or education you have acquired while away from your old company. You want your old company to understand that your time away has added to your value—or at least, not diminished it.
- Look carefully at the description of your former job on your resume. Can you tweak it now to highlight skills or accomplishments that you might have overlooked when pursuing a different job, but that will bolster your value to your old company?
- If you have fallen out of touch with former colleagues, resurrect those relationships and find out about the company’s current goals and priorities. Make sure your resume to get rehired and your interview are relevant to the company’s current goals.
- Prepare yourself to address the question of why you left and why you want to return. Hiring managers will want reassurance that you are returning out of sincere interest, not temporary desperation. If your explanation is straightforward, you might consider including it in your resume or cover letter.
Writing a resume to get yourself rehired is not easy, even if the company reached out to you first. For help in preparing your resume and your response to “why did you leave and why do you want to return” questions, contact Robin’s Resumes®.