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Cover letter requesting for an old job back (4 samples)

Amanda Knowles

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This blog post will show samples of “cover letters requesting for an old job back.”

How to write a cover letter requesting an old job back

When applying for an old job, you need a well-written cover letter; it showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. Before writing the cover letter, contact your former supervisor to explain that you're reapplying for a new job with the company. When writing the cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • Showcase how your current job makes you the perfect candidate for the position.
  • List the achievement and impacts you accomplished while working for the company.
  • Include a trusted referral. A reputable coworker or manager will increase the chances of you getting hired.
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter requesting an old job back”

“Dear [hiring manager name],

I'm very interested in the production supervisor job posted on ABC Company's careers web page. I worked for ABC Company in the sales department from 2005 until 2012, when I resigned to accept a management position with another company. Information about my past performance is available through Ms. Jane Smith, who was my supervisor during my seven-year work history with ABC.

In the seven years I worked for ABC, I gained a number of competencies to which I attribute my professional success. I obtained certification in supply chain management and completed the company's leadership development program. I'm interested in returning to ABC because I know and appreciate the company's commitment to superior customer service and mutual respect for internal and external customers.

I'm very enthusiastic about the possibility of returning to ABC. My resume is enclosed. If you need additional information, or you would like to discuss in person the skills I have learned that would be very useful in the role of production supervisor, I'd be happy to meet with you. Please call me anytime at the number below my signature.


Tracey Saunders

cc: Ms. Jane Smith”

Sample 2: “Cover letter requesting an old job back”

“Dear Mr. Brown,

I'm very interested in the production supervisor job posted on ABC Company's careers web page. I worked for ABC Company in the sales department from 2005 until 2012. 

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.

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. If you need additional information, or you would like to discuss in person the skills I have learned that would be very useful in the role of production supervisor, I'd be happy to meet with you. Please call me anytime at the number below my signature.


James Code”

Sample 3: “Cover letter requesting an old job back”

“Subject: Corey Smith, request for rehiring in my previous role

Dear Ms. Matthews,

My name is Corey Smith and I previously worked at Landmark Marketing Associates as a marketing assistant from 10 January to 22 December. I worked in the advertisement and social media team for team lead Eric Sanders.

I left this role so that I could pursue a career in technology sales. My goal was to gain information about sales techniques and strategies so that I could expand my skill set. I am looking to leave my current position because I feel that my skills and interests are a better fit for a marketing role. While I valued this opportunity, I do miss Landmark Marketing Associate's friendly atmosphere and commitment to producing high-quality promotional content.

I am writing today so that I can formally request to re-enter my previous position as a marketing assistant. My time working as a sales representative allowed me to grow my verbal and written communication skills and expand on my consumer engagement experience. I plan to use these skills and experience while working in my marketing role.

Thank you for your time and consideration in rehiring me. I attach a copy of my resume and cover letter. Please contact me to set up an interview or further discuss the position.


Corey Smith”

Sample 4: “Cover letter requesting an old job back”

“Dear Mr. Higgins,

Hello, this is Marissa Williams. I worked at the Newport Library from the fall of 2019 to the spring of 2021 as the librarian archivist in the archival department. I worked under Matthew Lau while he was the general supervisor of the library.

Although I enjoyed working for the Newport Library, I left this position in order to pursue career growth opportunities. I wanted to grow as a librarian archivist and experience different archival departments.

During my time away from Newport, I matured as a librarian archivist as I improved my database analytical skills and worked on enhancing my customer services skills, so I can better assist library visitors. While I am grateful for the growth my new role has offered me, I feel that I am best suited for the archival department at Newport.

I'm writing this email so I can formally ask to reenter my role as the archival librarian at the Newport Library. I believe I am qualified for this position as I am well-versed in my previous duties and because I've expanded my knowledge about archival departments from my current role. My current role also required that I organize documents and artifacts, so I can bring that new skill into this job.

I hope you consider rehiring me for this role. I understand, however, that you might have already hired someone to replace me, so I am also open to different positions in the department.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I am excited about the possibility of reentering this role, and I am confident that I can successfully fulfill the responsibilities of the position. I'd love to speak with you more about my skill set in an interview. Please feel free to call me at (555) 555-555. I am available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after 5 p.m.


Marissa Williams”

Sample 5: “Cover letter requesting an old job back”

“November 19, 2021

Jerry Lee


XYZ Company

321 Metropolis Ave.

Business City, NY 54321

Dear Mr. Lee,

As you know, I recently started a new job at ABC Company. However, I have realized that the job duties and the work environment are not what I expected. I am therefore writing to inquire about the possibility of returning to my position as Assistant Editor at XYZ Company, which I held for the past four years.

I sincerely regret my decision to resign and if I were to be rehired, I can assure you that I can offer a long-term commitment to the company.

In the interim period since I was Assistant Editor, I have gained experience with new content-management systems, including Drupal and WordPress. I believe these skills would be invaluable as ABC Company continues to expand its online presence.

If the company would consider rehiring me, I do understand that my job may have been filled. If so, are there any other open positions I would be eligible to apply for?

Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you, and I am available at your convenience for a conversation. I can be reached at 555-555-5555 or at stephen.applicant@email.com.

Best regards,

Stephen Applicant (signature hard copy letter)

Stephen Applicant”

Frequently Asked Questions: How to write a cover letter requesting an old job back

What is the difference between application emails and cover letters?

An application email simply states which position you are applying for and why you are applying but a cover letter gives more information about yourself, your skills, and your achievements.

What should I say in a cover letter?

When writing a cover letter, you should:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • State the position you are applying for.
  • show your skills and experience.
  • Encourage the reader to read your resume.

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Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowled is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.