Eighteen months ago, I was laid off from a company I had been at for 17 years. I had worked there rising through the ranks and when I was laid off was a manager to a department and had my own book of clients to manage.
I took the initial 6 months of the layoff to regroup and gather my wits, and to determine what I wanted to do. The next 6 months I worked at a job that absolutely was not the correct fit for me and I left there. I had decided that I would retire early and do things that called to me.
5 months into early retirement I received a call from the company that laid me off wondering if I was interested in applying for an entry level position and coming back to work. I knew what the starting salary was so I asked for 10k over that with 2 thoughts - either I will remain retired or they will meet the amount I requested. They not only met it, but actually offered me 10k above my asking amount.
TALK ABOUT SHOCKED! They were offering me an entry level position at a greater amount than I thought. I then received a call from the location manager who wanted to talk with me. Yes, they were glad to have me back, but instead of an entry level role, they now want me as a special events manager, which is really in my wheelhouse. Now, the salary makes sense. They recognized what I was capable of and wanted me to come back. Negotiations ensued, my requests have been honored and
Yes, sometimes, you CAN go home again.