In today’s employment landscape, it’s far from uncommon to know or be someone who has been laid off or let go. Whether leaving a job was a voluntary choice or not, there are always reasons. What’s interesting to consider however, is potential reasons for returning to an old job. Perhaps you wanted a new experience but realized you had a good situation at your old job. Maybe you have since acquired new skills or are interested in a different department within the same company. Reaching out to an old boss or hiring manager can be an awkward or uncomfortable situation when done incorrectly, so we’ve rounded up five tips to follow if you’re looking to return to a former job.

  1. Let them know why they need you

Even if your termination was the result of downsizing or something unrelated to your performance, getting rehired by a former employer won’t be easy. Therefore, it’s your job to let them know why they need you. Update your resume by listing all of the employment you’ve had since leaving the company. By highlighting new skills and successful projects, you may be able to convince your former employer that re-hiring you is the best strategic decision they could make.

  1. Get the word out

If you were employed by your old company within the past few years, chances are you’re connected with many of your former coworkers on LinkedIn. If not, connect with them online or create a personal database filled with their e-mail addresses and phone numbers. By reaching out to former coworkers and utilizing your networking skills you can get the word out that you’d like to return and perhaps get an email introduction if there is a new hiring manager in place. This will also help you catch up with what has changed since you’ve been gone.

  1. Write a letter

Who says the days of handwritten letters are dead? Although it would be best to hand a letter to your former employer in person, even mailing a letter is a personal yet professional way to get back into his or her mind. While writing, make sure that the letter follows a business format and is thoroughly edited for grammatical errors. This is your chance to expand on what you’ve written in your resume in order to further convince the company that they need you back. Be sure to include your email address and phone number so they can easily get in touch, and feel free to follow up by email if you don’t hear anything.

  1. Do your research

It’s likely that your former position has been filled since you left. Do your research by contacting the HR department and checking out the company’s online database to discover what opportunities are available. Use this as a chance to expand your experience – if you really want to return to a former employer, you will have to be flexible.

  1. Meet with your former manager

If you were a high-performing employee at your former company, chances are your former boss will be willing to meet with you. Call or e-mail him or her to schedule a lunch or coffee meeting to discuss potential opportunities and explain what you’ve been up to and how you’ve grown in the time you’ve been gone. Remember to treat this like an interview, because in reality while you’re job searching every meeting is an interview.

Finally, it’s important to take some time and make sure that you want to return to your former employer. While it may be tempting to go back to what feels comfortable, it can also be exciting to start something entirely new! While you’re considering returning to your old company, keep in mind new opportunities by using the Rake app to discover what else is out there.