How Do You Write a Letter Requesting a Job Back?

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To write a letter asking for your job back, you should state your intention directly and immediately within the letter or email. Address the boss in a formal tone, and then immediately state that you are inquiring about the potential for being rehired by the organization. Get the point of why you are writing in the first sentence, and then continue on with more detail, if needed, later.

  1. Get to the point

    Don’t beat around the bush. The opening line of your letter should make mention of the fact that you are interested in obtaining your former position, or another position within the company. If there are other details you feel warrant mentioning, list those later in the document.

  2. Spend time making sure you want to be rehired

    You shouldn’t take the situation lightly. If you left the company previously, ask yourself why. Are the issues you had resolved now, or will you be entering into a situation you would prefer to stay way from? Do you really want your old job back, or do you just need a job? If you aren’t sure about making a long-term commitment with the company, it is probably best to hold off on sending your letter.

  3. Alleviate your boss’s fears

    Companies don’t want to spend time and resources on employees who are apt to quit soon after they start. Include information in your letter to let your boss know you are serious about returning to the company, and about staying with the company if you are rehired. If you left on good terms, this might be easier to achieve. Explain why your new job didn’t work out, or list things you miss about your former position. If you didn’t leave on good terms, you will have more explaining to do. Let the boss know how you’ve changed, and why you feel you deserve a second chance.

  4. Be flexible

    If you’ve been gone for an extended length of time, there is a good chance your former position has already been filled by someone else. This doesn’t mean you won’t get rehired, however. Be open to the possibility of being asked to fill another position you are suited for, and let the boss know of your willingness to compromise in the letter.