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Cover Letter For Re-Employment

It can be a small world, and at some point in your career, you may find yourself trying to go back to a company you previously worked for. As long as you weren’t terminated for misconduct or poor performance, you likely have an “in” with the company that you can capitalize on in a re-introductory cover letter.

Why Did You Leave?

It’s important to take stock of why you left before you try to write a cover letter to reapply for a job with a company you’ve already worked for. You may have left because of a toxic corporate culture, because there was no room for advancement, you didn’t like the compensation package or you disagreed with management decisions. It's important to consider if anything may have changed that would make the second go-around a worthwhile pursuit. If you still have contacts inside the company, consider them as valuable resources, both for getting an inside scoop and possibly even pushing your resume into the right hands.

If You Were Downsized

If you were downsized for no reason other than corporate restructuring, you theoretically left on better-than-average terms. In your letter, discuss what you liked about working for the company and why you would like to return.


W__hile it was difficult to be let go last year when the company restructured, the organization remains one of the best I’ve ever worked for. In the past several months, I’ve been doing consulting work, and when I noticed you have a new position open in sales, I thought I’d reach out to see if you still consider me a good fit for the organization.

If You Left for Another Job

If you moved on from the company to pursue another opportunity, particularly a job that was a step up, there shouldn’t be any hard feelings with your previous employer. Be honest about why you would like to come back in a new or similar capacity.


As you know, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run my own team when I was offered a job at ABC Co. While I learned a great deal there, I must admit, I miss the cohesive team environment of XYZ Co. I understand you’re looking for someone to run the new community relations division, and I would love the opportunity to be considered for the role.

If You Left for School

If you left a job to further your education, you have a lot of advantages for a rehire request. Emphasize what you liked about working there, what you have learned and how you anticipate utilizing your education if you’re invited to return.


It was such a pleasure working with ABC Co. back in 2016. While I opted to take the last two years away from work to complete my MBA, now that it’s completed, I’d love to be able to utilize my newfound skills in the accounting department. I understand you are hiring right now, and I would be most appreciative of an interview.

If You Left for Personal Reasons

If you left your old job to raise a family, tend to an elderly relative or even travel or explore self-employment, it’s perfectly acceptable to reference that time in your cover letter.


As you are aware, I decided it was important to be home with my girls when they were toddlers. Now that they are in preschool, I’m incredibly excited about re-entering the workforce, and I can think of no place I’d rather be than back at ABC Co. Could I make arrangements to visit HR sometime in the near future?

Capitalize on Your History

When communicating with your previous employer in your cover letter, stress the value of your knowledge of the company, your existing in-house networks and highlight any new skills you bring to the table.


I believe I can be an asset to the organization because I have a solid understanding of strategic objectives, I'm familiar with the board of directors and I know all of the internal routing systems and best practices.

Conclude your cover letter by making a request for a meeting or for re-hire consideration. As with any professional correspondence, note any attachments, such as resume or references and include all relevant contact information.

About the Author

Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.

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The following is a sample Letter of Application for Re-employment:

Mr. John Doe Human Resources Company ABC 123 Elm St. Anytown, CA 12345 Re: Application for re-employment under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. 4301-4333

Dear Mr Doe:

I went to work for your company on [provide date]. On [date] I gave the company notice of my impending call to active duty in the U.S. military. [If you gave written notice, attach a copy, if possible. If your notice was oral, provide as much information as possible about when, how, and to whom you gave the notice.] I have completed my period of service, and I am now applying for re-employment.

I have the right to re-employment under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which you can find in Title 38, United States Code, sections 4301-4333. You can find the text of USERRA, and more details on this law, on the Website of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Please see You can also call ESGR at 1-800-336-4590.

I have attached a copy of my DD-214, showing the date I entered and left active duty and that I was released from duty under honorable conditions. [If you do not have a DD-214, attach and refer to a copy of your endorsed orders, a letter from your commanding officer, or some other documentation showing the dates and characterization of your military service.] Please note that I meet USERRA's eligibility criteria as to prior notice, duration and character of service, and timely application for re-employment.

Please accept this letter as my formal application for re-employment. With your permission, I plan to report for work at [insert time and date]. If this is not acceptable to you or you have questions, please call me as soon as possible at [telephone number]. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely, Audie Murphy

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