So you have just quit your job, but you suddenly realise it was a really bad idea. What do you do now? Well, it seems to me that if you decided to quit your job you must have had some valid reasons. But if you are second guessing your decision, this might also mean that you didn’t think it through.
Leaving your job is an incredibly difficult decision to make, not just because it’s hard to know the right time to quit your job, but also because it’s a major step and it can have an extremely negative effect on your career. Quitting your job means that you need to start looking for another one pretty soon to be able to support yourself as well as finding other ways to fill up your days.
In order to make sure you have made the right decision, you have to weigh up your options. Look at your current situation and ask yourself if you are going to be able to support yourself if you have no steady income and are unemployed. If you feel you are not yet prepared for this, there are some things you can do to get your job back.
Provided that you are confident and still want to return to your previous job, here’s what you need to do to get it back:
#1 Think About What Made You Quit
Nobody is a better judge of what direction your career should take than yourself. If you weren’t happy with your previous job then I would say well done quitting. But, prior to giving up all hope of getting your job back, you need to locate exactly where the problem was and try to fix it.
Here are some things you need to think about:
- What is it that you didn’t like about your job?
- Are there any things that can be improved?
- Do you think your boss will have you back?
While there must have been many logical reasons that made you want to quit your job, the task of getting it back will probably be quite difficult. How easy it’s going to be will largely depend on how you ended things with your boss. So, in an attempt to get your job back, you need to assess your boss’s incentives. Do you think he or she will welcome the idea that you want to come back or has he or she replaced you already?
The only way to find this out is by confronting your boss. But when you confront them, make sure you don’t go empty handed. Bring some ‘gifts’ with you and no I don’t mean money or jewelry. By gifts, I mean providing some convincing evidence as to why your boss should hire you again. Before you ask what you want from the job, go on and tell him what you think about the company and give out your own suggestions for development. If you haven’t had the chance to do it sooner, your boss might be interested in hearing what you have to say now, and if he’s impressed enough he might even give you your job back.
#2 Ask for What You Want
Asking anything from your boss e.g. getting a higher salary or better work hours can definitely be intimidating. But, negotiation will bring better results to the table, no matter how nervous you feel. After all this is your last chance to convince your boss to hire you back, you have nothing to lose.
The way to go would be to either arrange a meeting with him which is more preferable and direct or send him an email to allow your boss to think about it more carefully. Whatever method you choose, you should make sure that you first provide the context of what you are going to talk about. Since your boss is busy making decisions about all of the other stuff that is currently going on in the company, you need to give him or her good reasons to hear you out.
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So, unless you want to be thrown out of your ex boss’s office again, you need to explain why this is important and why he should care about what you have to say. First identify the problem and then refer to the impact this has on the company.
Here’s an example:
“I’ve noticed that in certain areas, the company is in need of additional staff to operate effectively and get more customers. In order for this project to succeed, there is need of extra personnel that would manage stakeholders efficiently as others concentrate on promoting the campaign on a global level. This should allow the company to increase its profits by 20% in three months.”
This statement clearly states the problem, why it is important and thus should be resolved immediately. If you present it this way, your boss should listen to what you have to say for the sake of the company.
#3 Provide Solutions
Notice how I didn’t say ‘provide a solution’ but multiple solutions. Since it is important to give your boss some time to think over your proposal, you need to give him a few suggestions instead of one. However, you don’t want to overdo it either because this will backfire on you. As a study suggests giving a decision maker too many choices will only make it more difficult for them to choose one. Also, in case he or she doesn’t like the first one you still have some other ways to support your decision. In essence you should give your boss alternatives to choose from but not too much to avoid him getting startled.
Another important thing you should remember is that you also need to clearly refer to the outcomes of each solution. This is to help your boss envision success within the company allowing him to see how these propositions can be beneficial. As Mayberry’s CEO Matt suggests investing in the power of visualization can have a great impact on success, so you need to give out as many details as possible to help your boss effectively contribute to your master plan.
No matter what made you quit your job in the first place, if you think it’s something that you and your boss can work on then winning your job back might be worth a shot. Upon your return, you may be able to establish better working conditions or bonus boost that’s going to make your stay at the company more meaningful to you and consequently to your boss.
Have you ever got your job back after quitting? How did you accomplish it?