How to Get your Old Job back when You’ve been Fired


There are some decent suggestions in that animation but I must elaborate a little. When you’ve been fired it’s not easy to return to your old job. The first thing you must do is to investigate whether your company had the legal right to dismiss you. Here’s a unique example of an organization really dropping the ball on that one.

When I worked for the Peel Regional Police in Brampton, Ontario, there was a supervisor and an intake caller in the 9-1-1 department who received an odd call from a young woman who wanted the 9-1-1 operator to send a car around to pick her up and drive her home. She had no cab fare and she was rather out in the middle of nowhere. The operator thought that was rather odd so she asked her supervisor what she should do.

Naturally the supervisor told the operator not to even entertain the idea of providing a personal taxi service for the public so the answer was no. A couple of weeks later both employees were fired. I don’t know why or under which policy but they were outta there. Both women sued and got their jobs back; an immediate payout of their annual salary; and of course their regular, ongoing salary. Now that’s what you call a wrongful dismissal triumph.

Suppose your company had legal grounds for dismissal. Ask yourself why you want your job back – is it strictly financial? Are you running low on funds and are in a panic? If you think about the reasons why you were let go in the first place, does this suggest to you that maybe this position isn’t for you? If there were extenuating circumstances and you don’t believe that to be the case, then it probably is a good move to return to your job.

Having made that decision, you will have to arm yourself with documentation proving how valuable you are to your former company. If you made significant profits for your corporation, have the documentation to prove it. If you improved employee relations, prove that. Anything you did that was highly beneficial to the organization is mandatory if you think you’re getting re-hired. Be prepared to make a very convincing argument and to answer a lot of questions by your former employer as to how you can continue to benefit the company should she allow you to return.

Above all, be prepared to hear no. It may have nothing to do with your work performance. The company might want a new person so it can move in a new direction. Or your position may have already been filled. That can be very defeating but it’s reality.

Should that be the case, make sure you have solid references when you get out there and continue your roster of interviews.




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