Have You Quit a Job And...

Updated on February 25, 2011
T.L. asks from Cuba, MO
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Have you ever quit your job then wish you hadn't? It seems that the grass is always greener on the otherside until you get there. Did you try to get that job back or how did you handle it?

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answers from Chattanooga on

I quit a job I had worked at for quite a while because I was given another job opportunity. When I quit, my boss and I were still on excellent terms. So a few months down the road, I decided I had enough extra time that it would be good for me to take a second (part time) job, I went back to that employer. I actually got hired at a higher pay rate than when I left, because this time I was hired as an 'experienced' employee. lol. I have since quit both of those jobs to move to a different state, but both jobs are still waiting for me if I ever move back. :)

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answers from New York on

Yes, I did quit my dream job to be with my kids. I had second thoughts as i was quitting, and still do. I can't go back because I am in east coast and my job was in west coast, but i will always think of that job as my dream job.
ps i never burn bridges

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answers from Boca Raton on

Make sure you really remember your old job! I did that once. I missed the job ~ it wasn't that bad ~ etc. etc. My husband finally said... are you kidding me ~ you were complaining and miserable all the time. The longer you are away from a job the easier it is to forget the bad especially if you aren't happy with the new one. If you really don't like the new job ~ call the old one. The worst they can say is No, but they could say ~ Thank goodness you are coming back! Good Luck!!!

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answers from Detroit on

yes, 22 years ago when I had my oldest son. I had no choice but to quit my job as I had no childcare and we were homeless. I had pride in myself, and was trying to get our lives back in order-tried to get that job back about a month later, but my "older, more mature" replacement was already hired. Old bosses gave me excellent references...struggled with on and off jobs for 5 years until my current jobs came along. Lesson learned!!!

My coworkers here talk about how much they want to leave (me too!) but we know that we have it good. One coworker left for two weeks and came begging back, of course she was hired. Those that quit, could just kick themself as they want their old jobs back.


answers from St. Louis on

I had a longtime job and quit for what I thought was a better opportunity. Since I left on good terms, they took me back. :)


answers from Dallas on

I have quit and for a moment wish I hadn't, however, I found another one, just took some time. Look at it as a learning experience. Joyce Meyers always says "the grass may look greener on the other side but you still have to mow it." You can apply that to all aspects, not just a job or relationship...
I took a job, that I love to death right now, but it doesn't pay like some of my other ones have. I've been in it for 3 years, I love my boss, my co-workers. I've thought about leaving several times, to other internal positions in other departments, and have actually applied. I'm always thankful that I didn't get the other job because I don't think I could ever be as happy as I am here.
If you really want your job back, call your old boss up, ask if you could talk with her/him. If they are willing then ask for your job back, show some humility and let them know you made an irrational decision and you know it was a mistake. Or just move one and find another job.

Good Luck in which ever way you go!


answers from Norfolk on

I haven't (I'll have 25 years in service this summer) but I've always been told it is SO important not to burn your bridges.
Where my husband works it's common for long time employees to take a retirement buyout package only to return as contractors several months later.
Occasionally someone will take a sabbatical (a year off leave with out pay) to try out a new job.
If it works out, they don't go back. If it doesn't work out then there is no problem going back.



answers from New York on

Yes. I was working for a small company and the owner was ready to retire so he sold to a larger company. I really wasn't happy with the new company. I found another position, but after a few months realized it worse than the one I had. It all worked out, I got laid off from the 2nd job, and found the job where I'm currently at. I've been there 11 years.

It's rarely a good idea to go back to a job that you quit. Of course, a lot depends on the circumstances. In most cases, it's just best to move on.



answers from Memphis on

I haven't but I have worked places where someone would quit for a new job then a few months or year later come back. I think a lot of it depends on what kind of employee you were, how your leaving was handled and the relationship you had with your employers. If you were a good employee, many employers would want to rehire you because they don't have to train you and they know what to expect. The only problem may be convincing them that you really do want to work there and won't leave again soon.



answers from San Francisco on

My husband did and within two or three weeks was back at his old job. I don't know the specifics, but he has never looked back. Good luck to you.

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