Is it Possible to Rescind a Resignation?

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Navigating and understanding what career is best for you is hard. Making the right career move at the right time with everything aligning is almost impossible. And sometimes you don't realize how good of an opportunity you have until it is gone. It is possible to rescind a resignation but not easy. When you let your company know you are leaving they immediately begin to actively work to fill your role and work to reallocate your old responsibilities as smoothly as possible to your existing team. An open role provides short-term and sometimes long-term issues for an employer trying to maintain balance/flow. Finding a new candidate can take months or sometimes even longer.

But on the other side, if you have a strong networking within your company, they may be delighted to have you come back. It's very important to make sure when you leave a company you always leave on good terms even if your experience wasn't the best. Not only could you potentially be working with people in your old company again but you may find yourself working in the same company again. There are 3 key things you need to do if you want to rescind a resignation.

Start the Conversation

If you want to rescind your resignation the first thing you need to do is start the conversation with your old manager as soon as possible. Have the discussion to talk about your feelings and thoughts about rejoining your old company and role. If you had a strong relationship with your manager it is possible you could quickly get your old job back. Your manager will be the perfect person to advocate for you if you left on a good note. He/She will actively work with management on your behalf to get you back your old role. Set up the meeting sooner rather than later. The sooner you can start the discussion the faster your company can respond and adjust.

Demonstrate Your Value

Remind your old employer of your value. Highlight the accomplishments and key initiatives you led while at your company. Talk about your distinctive skills you will bring back to the table. Outline why your company should take you back. What is your company missing since you left? Did they notice you were gone? If you brought value to your company then you have some leverage. It's important while you are working to build a strong network within your company. Your network within your company can vouch for you and help build the story on why you will be a great rehire.

If you are updating your resume frequently, you should be able to easily speak to all the tasks and projects you have handled during your time at your company. Keep track and record of all the things you are doing at work on a quarterly basis. It's hard to remember all the things you are doing during year-end review so keep a running "journal." Present this to your old manager and remind them of your contribution. This will be a great talking point to help you possible rescind your resignation.

Shift into a New Role

If your old role is not open then this might be a good time to pivot into a new role. Keep in mind this is easier done in a larger company. In a larger company, there are usually many job openings that might better suit your future career goals. To find a new role within your company, reach out to your existing network and learn more about the different openings. Talk with HR to discuss potential new openings that may not be live yet. If your old company had the right cultural but wrong role shift into a new one.

This can be a great opportunity to gain a new experience while staying connected to a company you love. Don't limit yourself to your old team. Shifting into a new role or even new function will broader your skillset. Be mindful of your new salary negotiations and how you position this conversation when accepting a new role. Work with mentors to best outline the right way to approach this conversation with your new manager during the hiring process.

In short, yes it is possible to rescind a resignation. But it will take some finessing and planning. These three steps should help you begin the process but leverage your network and career mentors to help guide you through the process. For some companies, once you leave you are "red" marked. And for other companies, if you didn't burn any bridges you may have a shot. Understand your companies policies both written and unwritten. Stay connect with old coworkers to understand the cultural dynamics. Don't take no for an answer. If you want your old job back fight for it!

About the Author:

Grace Kasozi is the Founder of Kasozi Associates a platform dedicated to connecting women professional to women life, business, and career coaches to help close the gap. Grace has over 10 years of experience building well-known brands. She holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and is currently a Global Brand Manager at large midwest CPG. She spends her free time traveling the world with her husband and 2-year-old son.

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