5 Ways to Boomerang Back After Big Mistakes
by Vickie Elmer
You can go home again - even after a big career setback.
Boomeranging back to a former employer can be a smart but tricky move when you have been knocked down or laid off. When you realize that your new employer isn't a good fit - or fires a third of its staff - you could find refuge in a former workplace.
The key is to manage yourself smartly, and have a strong reputation: productive, creative, problem-solver and incredibly good at what you do.
"There are plenty of "people" to hire, but a scarcity of talent," said David Miles, chairman of the career Miles Lehane Companies, Inc. - OI Global Partners.
Corporations, small and large, are getting by with fewer workers, so they will hire only those who can demonstrate or quantify the expanded contributions they will make. "If you cannot quantify or qualify your unique offerings, then you cannot expect them to view you as 'talent,' " Miles said.
One third of U.S. employers report difficulties filling jobs because of a shortage of talent, and worldwide, 38 percent of employers struggle, according to ManpowerGroup's annual Talent Shortage Survey. Talent shortages lead to reduced competitiveness and productivity and higher staff turnover, plus higher pay.
So here's a handful of tips on the boomerang after you've experienced bad news, a failure, or when you discover the grass was dyed green and the culture was difficult:
  • Find a side door in. Apply to a different department or division. Use this approach if you left a major corporation "and you don't think that your old boss would be open to rehiring you - maybe he or she had hard feelings about you leaving," says Donna Schilder, a leadership and career coach in Long Beach, Calif. She used this to return to a large aerospace company, and leveraged her reputation for being a great worker to be hired in with a 30 percent raise from her previous department's job.
  • Admit your mistakes. Especially if you were fired, "you might want to come clean with your old boss," said Schilder. "If you tell a compelling story about what you learned, this approach just might work."
  • Highlight your growth. Show you have evolved. "Have you advanced your technical skills or managerial/leadership skills?" Miles asked. "Have you invested in you?" What academic gains or certificates do you have to prove you are gaining. "It is important today to have enhanced "collaborative skills" and ability to work with all groups in the market space today such as Seniors, Boomers, Gen x and the Millennials. Are you a mentor?" Miles asked.
  • Be flexible. Also, demonstrate your adaptability in working arrangements and show that you know today's market is different. "Do not say 'well I used to ....' " Miles said. Come in as an independent contractor or fill in for vacations or maternity leaves and that may lead to a full-time job.
  • Do your due diligence. Understand who's in charge and who's the new rising star - someone may have taken that role once you left. Ask questions. Find out what has changed and what hasn't. The last thing you want to do is return to your former office and have "a serious bout of déjà vu in your second week - suddenly remembering why you left in the first place - " writes U.K. job search expert Dave Smith in The Guardian.
Know and articulate clearly the reasons you really want to return, Schindler says, whether a bad cultural fit or discovering how much you missed the job and place you left. Be ready to answer the why you left question and include lessons learned, she suggests.
You may have a better chance at returning to a fast-growing sector. Companies in tech, health care, construction, services and consulting are predicted to hire the most workers over the next year, according to a Duke University / CFO Magazine survey. If your sector is shedding jobs or outsourcing, the boomerang back will be much tougher to catch.
Published August 11, 2015. To view the original article, found online at WORKINGKIND, Vickie Elmer's blog on careers * kindness * creativity * writingInc. please click here.

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