With the increase in job opportunities and competition, companies can no longer guarantee lifetime careers or a steady march up the corporate ladder.

So employees explore new job possibilities all the time to further their careers. They do not wait for promotions to be handed to them.

In some cases when an employee quits a job, he may maintain a good relationship with the former employer. In such cases, situations may change later on and the person feels like rejoining the previous employer because the slogan “the grass is always greener on the other side” is not always true.

In addition, the previous employer may have grown in size and can now offer the former employee a better position than the one he left.

If you are in this situation, your decision to go back to your old company depends a lot on how you would like to differentiate a career move.

Reflection

You need to reflect on when you left the job and whether the decision was due to personal or professional reasons.

If it was a personal reason like commitments at home or ill health, then there should be no issues in rejoining because you were comfortable working there. Most companies will help you find a position that will allow for you to implement the experience and skills you honed over time.

Key issues

However, if your decision to quit the job was professional, you need to do some serious thinking. Take a look at the following checklist of key issues to consider:

• Stress levels

As far as reasons for leaving the company are concerned, maybe you were so stressed out that you needed a change in your workplace with more room for growth. If your old company has increased the staff and created posts that match the credentials you have, then it may not be a bad idea to rejoin it. 

• Company growth

The progress of the old company is also important, and you need to make sure that it has grown according to the changes that are taking place in the industry. If there are no changes as such, then it means that the firm is not progressive and there will be no personal or professional growth for you. Going back will not be a good move.

• Management matters

The kind of response that you got from the management when you were leaving also counts considerably. It matters a lot whether you left on good terms or not and whether the company can offer you a post now that will help you grow professionally.

• Career goals

Consistency in your career path is another factor to consider if you are planning to rejoin your old employer, because when you left the job, you must have had a vision of how you wanted your career to change its shape.

You must have made some plans about moving ahead in your career. Before you return to your previous employer, analyse whether it will be in accordance with the vision you had for your future or how this new career path may change or improve upon your vision.

If the answers to your questions are positive where it matters most, then you know you are returning to your old employer for the right reasons.

Article by Tony Jacowski, a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Article source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Tony_Jacowski