Groupon's chief operating officer, Margo Georgiadis, has stepped down after five months on the job. She's going back to work for her former employer, Google, as president of the Americas.
Maureen Nelson is another example of someone who went back to her old job when her new one didn't work out. She was hired back right away by her previous employer.
Stories like these are good reminder of why it's important to resign from a job gracefully. As much as your new job may sound wonderful, you never know what will happen in the future. That's why it is always important to give appropriate notice to your employer and to not say anything critical about the company or the people you work with when you're moving on.
It's also wise to stay in touch with the people you've worked with. LinkedIn is a great tool for staying connected, as are Facebook and Google+. In addition, some companies have their own corporate alumni networks comprised of former employees, and with some networks, current employees, of an organization.
Staying connected is not only a good way to stay in touch with the companies and the people you have worked for in the past. It's also a good way to keep your foot in the door, just in case coming back makes sense at some point in time.
It's not always possible to go back, but there is a chance. Here's more on how to get rehired by your former employer.
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