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Is there any special format for reapplying to a former employer after a company wide layoff?

by Carol

I was laid off last year when the entire corporation downsized due to the economy. Things are now picking up, and there is a chance my job will be reinstated.

I was well thought of there and always received very good performance evaluations. I have kept in touch with several former employees and also my supervisor, all of whom would like me back.

This is a large corporation and everything goes through the corporate head hunters. This is a great company which is close to my home (rare in my rural community) and would be an excellent opportunity for me.

My question: Do I complete a resume and cover letter as if they did not know anything about me?

Answer: Yes, to the resume, but no to the cover letter. Resumes are a dry accounting of your career. Cover letters, though, should always be personalized to the position and to you. So I would use your cover letter to explain your history with the company, mention supervisors and co-workers still there who know your work and character, and state your interest in returning to such a great employer. Make yourself stand out against new recruits!

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Sep 17, 2015
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