A job from 16 years ago called me to ask me to come back
Today was a delightful treat. I got a notification on social media with a new dm. Pop it open.
It was a manager from a job I had 16 years ago. I recognized the name. It was a short paragraph. ‘Hey, how’s it going? Hope you’re well’ etc etc. It got to the point pretty quickly.
Imagine my surprise when they asked me if I would be interested in coming back to work for them again since I had been ‘so good’ in that role when I had first worked there.
Ya’ll. 16 years ago. 16 years
It was a restaurant that I worked at during the school holidays. They asked me to come back and work cashier as a fnb worker.
I’m 30+ years old, my guy. I literally run my own crew in my own department. I could demote myself to the base position with my employer and still make more. But sure! Yep! Let me just give all this up for some juicy crappy salary, inhumane shifts, overtime because so-and-so no-showed again. No problem.
Yeah. Hard pass.
I’m sure they’ll just continue to take this tremendous rejection as further proof that ‘no one wants to work’.
- That must have felt great knowing that you made such an impression on them they thought of you 16 years later… but not as great as getting the chance to tell them “hell no!”.
- Similar thing happened to me. I’m retired but, my first “real”job reached out to me over the weekend. It was strange.
- It is a good feeling when you tell a former employer who is asking you to come back, “You can’t afford me.”
- Tell them that your skillset has improved since leaving and you might consider a board level position.
- HR at my company has been doing some weird internal recruiting like that lately. They were getting hard up for people for this one department, and they started reaching out to people who used to work in that department, asking if they want to come back. I don’t know if they reached out to former employees, but they did ask at least 2 current employees who had been promoted to other departments, if they want to go back to a job that sucks, and pays like half as much as they’re making in their current position.