I want to return to a retail job I resigned from last December. A few complicated layers. Snowflake deets hiding under the fold!
posted by dubious_dude to Work & Money (32 answers total)
Currently, I'm unemployed, and not having much luck finding a job. I've been unemployed since December 2013, when I had resigned from my previous retail job. At the time, I was burnt out, unhappy, disillusioned with the job, and just wanted out. I've since then begun to regret this decision for the last several months.
While I don't want to name the specific retailer, I did a few AskMe's in the past relating to this job. I had a lot of mixed experiences (both good and bad) with this job, but the more I've sat at home, trying to drum up a new job, going to several interviewing and failing, I realized I wanted to go back. Laugh at me all you want, but I've even had several dreams of working at this store, and they were all portrayed positively, and I actually felt happy being back. I have came to the realization that I missed working with customers, that working there did help develop my people skills, etc. Basically, I miss the job and want to go back, and feel better prepared to deal with the frustrations I had previously. When I went to the store several times to visit, everyone seemed happy to see me, and the vibe felt cheerful. I think it helps that some rude former co-workers had left since I left, too.
The issues I'm facing?
a) This retailer has a strict blackout policy for holidays. In December 2012, I was able to get approval to go home for Christmas, because my grandma was fighting cancer. Bad me, it was a mistake, but I ended up staying a bit longer than anticipated, and didn't communicate this with my boss until I had already left to go home. Not cool, I know *facepalms* but we talked about it when I returned, I came clean and apologized, I lived with the consequences, life went on.
b) I resigned in December 2013 partly because I wanted to go home to my family (I felt like I had no choice, as my family is 3,000 miles across the country, and all my friends were leaving the DC area to go home for vacation), but also because of personal issues. I sent in a resignation letter 3 weeks in advance, and made it clear I was potentially interested in coming back. My boss, as well as the manager team, did not respond in writing to the resignation letter, but individual managers approached me and all seemed sad. I was 'clapped out' on my last day. Positive vibe overall, don't think I left with any bad blood or burnt bridges. However, a co-worker, who is also a friend, and is older/wiser, said that I may have burnt a bridge by leaving right before Christmas, knowing full well of the blackout, and that it may be hard for me to go back. I don't know if she's right or not.
c) I applied online on the retailer's general website in the spring, as well as had a co-worker internally refer me (more priority). Nothing but a brick both ways.
d) Other than the Christmas 2012 'fiasco', I had generally good marks and attendance was pretty good, no serious issues (small issues were all ironed out, nothing more or less than normal job issues). My sales numbers were always high, sometimes one of the highest, and even this summer, when visiting the store, a former co-worker mentioned that my boss still spoke highly about me and my ability to sell their warranty.
I was given the recommendation from a current employee (subordinate) to email my former boss (aka, the store general manager) instead of taking the roundabout routes I took (as mentioned in [c] above). I'm not sure what to say - that's where your advice on how to best tout my persuasive skills come in play. It doesn't help that the boss is a bit...how should I say it? Stoic and reserved, not very warm or friendly. Dare I say, a bit intimidating (but that's all my perspective, and hey, I get intimidated easily). She's a good person, though.
I'm also not sure if it's a good idea if I go ahead now and book flights for Christmas vacation. I'm afraid if I do so, the manager would just deny my reapplication and not consider hiring me back. On the other hand, technically, if travel is already booked, that should not have a bearing on the (re)hiring, even if it's during blackout, because, technically, I wouldn't have known I would be hired by then, and it's always best to book in advance, right? But, I'm afraid that'd play a factor in the rehiring (if the rehiring is even considered in the first place). Should I also try talking to the company's main HR team, explaining my situation, and see what they could do? Help me navigate this minefield.
I'd really appreciate your help and advice on how to best navigate this to get the results I want. Please feel free to tell me if I'm being too skewed in this, if I'm just having a classic 'the grass is greener on the other side' moment, if I'm being downright insane to think I'd even be rehired (ha ha), or if I'm missing something important in the big picture. I'm definitely wet behind the ears when it comes to jobs, so it's not easy for me.