what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

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sksbog
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what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

Post by sksbog » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:30 pm

Hi Bogleheads,

I have a very specific dilemma, i wanted to get your thoughts on this.
I switched my company for career advancement, but after few months, realizing this is not my cup of tea, even though more money and responsibility.
I plan to contact my previous employer to let them know I am interested in coming back, have drafted an email. My question is, what should i put in subject line, so that it doesn't get buried like marketing emails from various vendors.

Thoughts?

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Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

Post by nps » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:35 pm

Why don't you call them instead?

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Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

Post by Scrapr » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:38 pm

    My Personal Walk of Shame

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    Please please please

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    *someone else will have the good suggestions

    like maybe an invitation to lunch

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    Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

    Post by Watty » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:39 pm

    nps wrote:
    Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:35 pm
    Why don't you call them instead?
    +1

    Email would be a poor choice for that type of communication.

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    Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

    Post by sksbog » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:18 pm

    any other thoughts?

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    Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

    Post by sunny_socal » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:23 pm

    Might even meet your old boss face to face, have coffee/lunch

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    Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

    Post by michaeljc70 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:26 pm

    sunny_socal wrote:
    Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:23 pm
    Might even meet your old boss face to face, have coffee/lunch
    This. Or something like it. Reach out to someone (boss or peer) and bring it up (or mention it) and see where it goes. There may be no open positions.

    Who would you be emailing?

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    Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

    Post by Invest4lt » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:28 pm

    In my field and generation, Email is certainly appropriate for starting the conversation. A cold call is presumptuous. The email subject could be something like ‘touching base .’ Introduce your interest and ask to setup a call. I’ve seen this done many times.

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    Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

    Post by sksbog » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:32 pm

    there may not be a position open, so i would like to suggest to keep me in mind for any future opportunities. I don't want to call and put person on spot . i would like them to think through where would be a good fit.

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    Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

    Post by whodidntante » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:49 pm

    Take me back, please!

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    Re: what should be the subject line when contacting previous employer

    Post by Just sayin... » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:24 pm

    As others have said, anything substantive should be handled F2F. If you and your boss had a good relationship, something like golf, beer of coffee is a great way to chat. If less so, you might find out if he’ll be at a local trade show or speaking event, and make plans to get together for a quick 1:1. E-mails are too easy to misread and it’s hard to get a good read on emotions beyond a clean cut “you hired” or “get the H out of here!”

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