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I changed jobs a few months ago and the role just isn’t a good fit. I’m miserable & need to get out. I was really close with the partners at my old firm, I left on really good terms, and I know they’ve struggled to replace me. Has anyone ever tried to get their old job back? How do I even do that? Even if I didn’t go back, I consider my former sr partner a mentor and I’d love his take on what to do…is it weird or awkward to reach out and ask to talk?

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Reach out. Not weird at all.

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Most firms will take people back that they liked, especially if it’s been less than a year. Actually looks good for the firm (sends a message to everyone else that the grass isn’t greener)

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100% agree

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Literally happened to me in March. I was at the new firm 3 weeks after having left my old firm after 3 years. I called, set up a zoom meeting, told them I made a terrible mistake and asked to come back. They had no problem taking me back. I told the new firm it was not a good fit and returned. Humbling experience for sure but it is what it is. Hindsight is 20/20. The grass is not always greener and it’s okay to admit that.

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wow did the original sociopath partner happen go leave during your three week stint? how lucky!!!

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Why did you look to leave the first job?

Be careful you're not just running back to what's safe versus going somewhere that's a good next step for you.

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This x1000

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Sure. I returned to my old firm after 12.5 yrs in-house.

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was that always the end goal (to go back and make partner?)

Reach out! I’m back at my old DA’s office after I left and went to another one nearby. I didn’t feel like the other place was a good fit (and quite frankly I should have gone back after 2 weeks gone). But I stuck it out for over a year and a half and then went back. If you leave somewhere on good terms, you should always been able to reach out, at least for feelers on what to do or even going back. Don’t be afraid. But also, think about WHY you left before you reach out. See if it’s something that is going to continue to be a problem and if there are any solutions (for me it was the commute, which is not fixable and is why I hesitated going back for so long - which at the end of the day, the right place was worth more than a short commute). Good luck!

Reach out!! I was in this situation early in my practice, and I ended up going back to my old job. It was a great decision, and even though I’m no longer with that firm, I really value those people and regularly try to send cases their way.

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