At some point during your job search, this thought will have at least crossed your mind: “Can I get rehired by an organization I left?” The answer to this question is probably yes, though there are some serious points to consider before you go back to the past.
There are some great benefits to returning to an old place of work. For starters, you already know the organizational culture and chances are you still know some of the employees. While the grass might seem greener now that you are gone, you should take some time to consider the reasons you left in the first place. Did you have a difference of opinion in the direction the organization was going or did you not get a long with your supervisor or other employees? If things have not changed much since your departure, it probably isn’t a good idea to return.
If you are convinced that all of the problems you previously had are resolved, you should start the process of reconnecting with your former boss. Let him know that you are interested in returning and gauge his level of interest. A good way to do this is to offer to take him out to lunch so you can discuss potential openings in a casual environment.
Of course, the big elephant in the room is that you left the organization before; what’s to say you won’t leave again? You need to offer proof that things have changed since then, and that you are fully committed to the current direction of the organization. You should also say that, since you know their needs and challenges as well as what resources are available, you are best suited for the job.
Returning to a former employer is possible. It can be a good business decision for the nonprofit and a smart career move for you if you can prove that the relationship will be beneficial for all parties involved.