A mulligan, in a game, happens when a player gets a second chance to perform a certain move or action. The practice is also sometimes referred to as a “do-over.” – Wikipedia
As crazy as it sounds, it may not be a bad idea to consider contacting a previous employer during your job search. Hear me out on this one. As long as you left your previous employer on good terms—even if you were fired—there’s absolutely no reason not to inquire about job openings.
By contacting a past employer you already have an advantage over other candidates because you can call straight to a previous manager or department—you’re able to network your way back into the company. In addition to having an inside contact, you’re already a known commodity. They’re familiar with your skills and work ethic as well as know the value that you bring to the organization.
When you talk to your former boss, don’t bluntly ask if they have any job openings. Ask if they know who you should speak with about possible open positions. That way it doesn’t put them on the spot and it gives them an opportunity to refer you to someone else who does if their department is fully staffed.
Being fired isn’t necessarily a hurdle to being rehired as long as you can show marked improvement. If you can go back to a former employer with a year or two of good work experience, you could be in a position where they may be open to rehiring you. Be prepared to explain your growth and sell them on why you are a better employee now.
However, before reaching out think about this; you DID leave that company for a reason. If the company was a bad fit or if there was something else that made you unhappy; have things truly changed enough to warrant a second go with the employer? Also, if you left the company on bad terms, especially for disciplinary reasons, it’s best to move on. There’s no reason to take a step backwards career wise when you can start fresh with a new company. Best of success in your journey!
As a nationally Credentialed Career Manager, Coach Kevin Tucker has been partnering with individuals like you for the last 25 years. Through the military, as a minister, a human resources executive, and finally as a career and life transition coach; he has continually been able to help motivated individuals find their calling in life! Check out more at http://ccubedcareer.com.