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You just accepted a brand new job at a company you once left. Here's how to reshape what your old coworkers think of you upon returning to a company.
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4 ways to change how colleagues think of you when returning to a company

You left your previous employer without burning any bridges, but now you have a good reason to come back: a shiny, new job offer for a position you that had your eyes on for years.

Welcome back — here’s how to reshape what your coworkers think of you upon your return.

Be cool, calm, and collected

Don’t shake things up too much.

Karen Dillon, coauthor of How Will You Measure Your Life?told the Harvard Business Review about how to you’ll want to act when you get back in order to change how colleagues think of you.

She says that you’ll want to be “a bit more formal and reserved in your behavior, at least at first,” to display the ways “you’ve matured.” Dillon also says that your coworkers “will either see you with fresh eyes or the same eyes within the first few weeks.”

Demonstrate that you’re super willing to learn

Maggie Mistal, certified career consultant and executive coach at MMM Career Consulting (who has first-hand experience with returning to a former employer), told Fast Company about this approach.

“It’s important to go in with an open mind and take that same approach when you were brand new. It might look the same and feel the same, but there are details, and you really have to know them and learn them,” Mistal told the site.

Yes, you worked here before, but that definitely doesn’t mean things haven’t evolved since you left. So respect that, and be diligent in learning not only about your new responsibilities, but also how the company has changed.

Show them that you’re happy to be back

You won’t want to appear complacent.

Tony Santora, senior vice president for Right Management’s Transition Center of Excellence, told the New York Daily News how you can appear gracious once you head back.

“Express to your colleagues and supervisors how enthusiastic you are to have received an opportunity to return and contribute to the organization’s success,” he told the publication.

Don’t forget to be genuine.

Bring new skills you’ve learned to the table

Put your time away from the company to good use.

Talent management leader, career strategist, digital media catalyst, founder and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group, Meghan M. Biro, writes in Entrepreneur about rehiring “boomerang employees,” or those who used to work at the company in the past.

“Assuming former staffers left on good terms for similar positions, the time they’ve spent away will likely have equipped them with additional skill sets and viewpoints that can now be shared with the team. Think of it as if they left to pursue professional development or continuing education and have now returned with newfound knowledge,” Biro writes.

Use Round 2 at your former employer as the ultimate opportunity to hit the ground running with both new and old expertise.