June 15, 2021

Career move not what I thought. Can I ask for my old job back? Ask HR

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., a human resources expert, is tackling your…

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., a human resources expert, is tackling your questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society.

The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

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Question: I recently accepted a new opportunity I thought would be the best move for my career path. I quickly learned that it was not a good fit for me. Can I ask for my old job back? – Anonymous

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.: I appreciate your honesty. Yes, you can ask for your old job back, but before you make a final decision, there are a few things you may want to consider – after all, you left your previous job for a reason.