Terminated! Proposing a way back in to the company??
December 8, 2011 10:17 AM Subscribe
Should I try to present a proposal to my old company for re-hire after they terminated me due to not getting the certifications required for the job?
posted by anonymous to work & money (6 answers total)
I was hired into a management role about 10 months ago and part of my offer letter was that I needed to obtain three licenses. After passing the required exams and obtaining two of them, I was unable to pass the third exam after two attempts. As an external hire, I was allotted two attempts to pass the exam or I would be terminated. If I had been an internal hire, I would have been allotted three attempts.
Once I failed the test the second time, my boss went to HR/legal to see if an exception could be made and was denied due to having to be "consistent" in applying the rules. I left on very good terms otherwise - I had a full team reporting to me and my peer management team all attempted to "go to bat" for me in trying to bend the rules, but the company is very conservative and wary of lawsuits.
In order to take the exam again, a company has to sponsor me, so my proposal would be for my old employer to hire me as a "temp" with no salary or benefits and sponsor me to take the exam again after the waiting period. If I pass, I am awarded the opportunity to apply for my old job again (it's been posted already) and if I fail, then the company cancels the "temp" contract and they're out nothing as I would pay the cost of the exam as well.
Alternatively, I could search for other positions within the company that don't require this final license and just get back in that way. I built up a network of people in my time there who are helping me try to find opportunities (jobs are rarely posted externally).
As a big piece of information, I don't need this license to do my actual job, it's a technicality. The position is new and the company made a decision to require this license, but it's not used and although they're considering changing the criteria in the future (a lot of people take 2-3 times to pass this license exam), it's not likely to change in the near future, so I can't just wait it out.
I'm looking for pros/cons for the company and my future reputation in proposing this. There is a chance I wouldn't pass it the third time. The company, being conservative, isn't much of a risk-taker and is probably not likely to agree to this. I need an outside perspective because so far, my co-workers, family and friends have all gone with the "what do you have to lose?" answer, but I really need an outside perspective to push holes and/or provide ammo for this being a good or bad idea. I don't even know if it's legal for the company to do this, but I'm not asking for legal advice.
I'm not looking for reasons to try and fight the termination, the rules were clear; I'm simply looking for the best way to get back in with the company while keeping my reputation. At this point, I rather feel like someone broke up with me and I'm stalking them to get back together. So, do I try this because I truly have nothing to lose or do I walk away from this job with my head held high and move on to trying to get other positions?