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March 1, 2011 8:41 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to kiss and make up with a job I quit 2 years ago? What's the best way to go about trying to get hired for a position at a company that I left in the past?
posted by anonymous to work & money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Almost exactly 3 years ago, I started a job that was my first professional position out of grad school. There were pros and cons--overall it was a good company to work for, I liked my coworkers and had a great salary, but I was a little bored with it and found another position that seemed more exciting. So I left the original company after a year there. I learned that the grass is not always greener on the other side--I hated my new position, it showed, and was fired within 6 months. Since then, I've spent time unemployed and freelancing, and now I have another job that I'm not exactly enamored with. I think about how good I had it at my first job and often wish I had just stuck it out.
Well, today I learned that they are hiring for the position I once held. I'm on good terms with my old boss (I've even used him as a reference), but I will admit that when I was with my old company, I wasn't the best employee. In the last couple of months I was there I called in sick multiple times and it was pretty clear I wasn't committed, so when I finally gave my notice my boss' boss said he wasn't surprised. I've done a lot of growing up since then and take my career much more seriously than before, and I know I'd be more appreciative of the position if I were to return there.
My question is, how do I gracefully inquire about potentially being employed there again? Like I said, I'm on good terms with my old boss (who is the one in charge of the application process) and am Facebook friends with him and some of my old coworkers. Should I send him an email, or call him at work to chat? Should I submit my application and explain things in the cover letter? I would love to go back to where I started, but I don't know if there's an etiquette for attempting this.
Thanks in advance for your advice.