By Lisa Quast,
With the current economic situation, I’ve had several women approach me about the possibility of getting rehired from a former employer. Many are worried that it’s a lost cause to try to get hired back on – I disagree!
Here are some steps you’ll want to follow if you’re considering trying to get re-hired:
- First, make sure you left the company on a positive note.
- Next, make sure your resume is updated and positively represents your skills, experience and education. Your resume is, in essence, your personal advertisement so make sure it’s the best it can be.
- Make a list of everyone with whom you worked or knew at your previous company so you see your company network laid out on paper.
- Make contact with all the people from your company network and find out whatis happened or changed since you left.
- Put the word out to your network and let people know you’re interested in working there again. Be sure to email them your resume.
- Did you work with or know anyone in the HR department, specifically in the area of recruiting? Be sure to also contact them and let them know you’re interested in open positions that fit your background.
- Regularly review the company’ website for their current job postings and immediately contact the hiring manager for those positions in which you are interested in/qualified.
- Be sure you have an answer for why you left in the first place and why you want to come back.
- Be ready and able to answer these questions: Where did you go work after you left the company? What did you learn in that position(s)? How have you improved your knowledge, skills, and abilities since you left the company? What additional value will you bring to the company if youâ’e re-hired?
Remain positive – it can take time to rebuild your network at your previous company. You might need to have a few lunches with people, coffee chats, etc. to re-establish yourself with your previous network.
Article from Forbes Work in Progress