Sample Letter to Previous Employer for Rejoining

It’s possible that you’ll start a new job and quickly realize you prefer your old one. You can opt to request for your old job back if you find yourself in that circumstance. 

It’s helpful to know how to write a formal inquiry because using a letter to ask to return to your prior employment can be a successful strategy. 

As a template for your formal request letter asking for your work back, use this sample letter to prior company for rejoining.

Sample 1 - Letter To Previous Employer For Rejoining

Full Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number
Email Address

DATE

Name of Employer
Name of Business
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Re: Letter for Rejoining [NAME OF BUSINESS]

Dear [NAME OF EMPLOYER]:

I hope you and your family are well. You may remember I was employed at [NAME OF BUSINESS] as a software engineer for five years. When my wife was diagnosed with cancer, I left the job abruptly without proper notice to care for her.

She has fully recovered, so I would like to request to be rehired. I had good work reviews from my superior, [NAME OF SUPERIOR], and hope you will consider giving me my job back.

I sincerely regret I didn’t depart the company in the best of conditions, but I was overwhelmed with grief and concern about my wife. If you rehire me, I assure you I will work hard for the long-term and not repeat my previous actions.

During the last six months, while at home caring for my wife, I took an online course to upgrade my IT skills. 

I believe I bring more skills to the job than I had when I left. I realize the job I did is filled, but I would be willing to do any other job in the data processing or other department.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I can be reached at [PHONE NUMBER] or by reply to this email at any time and would be happy to meet you and discuss my request.

Sincerely,

YOUR FULL NAME

Sample 2 - Letter To Previous Employer For Rejoining

Full Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number
Email Address

DATE

Name of Employer
Name of Company
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Re: Letter for Rejoining [NAME OF COMPANY]

Dear [NAME OF EMPLOYER]:

I hope you and the rest of the team have been doing well. You may remember, I was given an opportunity to run my own team when I was offered a job at [Name of Company].

While I learned a great deal there, I must admit, I miss the entrepreneurial environment of [Name of Company]. I understand you’re looking for someone to run the new database division, and I would love the opportunity to be considered for the position.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I am available this week to meet and discuss further if you’re available.

Sincerely,

YOUR FULL NAME

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