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Should I reapply to a job I turned down a year ago?

Last year July I got laid off and I found a company that offered me a job shortly afterward. I had to turn it down as my salary continuance paid me more than the salary I was offered. Now that my salary continuance is about to come to an end this month, should I reapply at that company again or should I look elsewhere? At my age (late 50's) there's not much available out there in SaaS positions and it feels awkward to reapply there. What's your opinion?
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40Niner wrote: Last year July I got laid off and I found a company that offered me a job shortly afterward. I had to turn it down as my salary continuance paid me more than the salary I was offered. Now that my salary continuance is about to come to an end this month, should I reapply at that company again or should I look elsewhere? At my age there's not much available out there in SaaS positions and it feels awkward to reapply there. What's your opinion?
Yes, it is awkward but you can reapply. What do you have to lose? If the hiring manager is the same and still remembers, it may not work out but who knows?
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Shouldn't have turned it down, as your previous employer would have not followed up on whether you found new employment; to cut off your salary continuance.
At the end of the day, you need work and should just apply and see what happens.
If it's a place with a high turnover rate; they likely won't even remember you.
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vkizzle wrote: Shouldn't have turned it down, as your previous employer would have not followed up on whether you found new employment; to cut off your salary continuance.
That did cross my mind a while back. I discussed this with a potential employer and he suggested that same idea. At that time I thought he was checking what my integrity, scruples etc was like. I didn't want to take that chance and get caught.
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Reapply, and don't make a big deal about it. Hiring manager will probably not even remember you unless you did something really off the wall in the hiring interview.

I did that before. I did not like the hours offered in the interview, and I already had a job, so I politely declined the job. A year later, I was unemployed, and the odd hours were no longer as big a deal, so I re-applied, never mentioned I was applied before, and got hired anyway. If a company needs you, and have reasonable confidence you are not going to make the company look bad, they will hire you.
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You have nothing to lose. Of course, if you have other options, then pursue other options.

Awkward is just a feeling. It'll fade away soon. You'd feel worse if you're unemployed and no salary continuance.
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The worst is they will say no. lol

Also, remember that companies hire people to make money. Regardless of how you were to them if they need someone and can't find someone better, you'll be fine.
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Doing nothing right now means you aren't going to get the job anyway. Like BananaHunter said, awkward is just a feeling.
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Thanks for all of your replies, guys. I'm going to go for it as I've got nothing to lose.

I've been crafting an email to my contact and would like a critique on it:

"Dear Joe,
It has been a few months since we last spoke to each other regarding my opportunity to becoming a client service representative at X Company.

I was wondering if that offer would be still be on the table?

As you may remember, I was given a generous salary continuance by my previous employer. My decision to decline your offer at that time was because it wasn't financially viable for me to give up the salary continuance.

During the last few months I've come to learn how salaries have fluctuated in this current job market. While we couldn't come to terms on salary earlier, I'm equipped now with a better understanding of where the market is, and I think we could reach an agreement that we'd both be happy with."
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I don't have experience in your field... but don't feel the need to mention your exact motives... especially if you're saying you didn't take it because you took another offer that paid more. Would just ask if there is a similar opportunity available at this time.

40Niner wrote: Thanks for all of your replies, guys. I'm going to go for it as I've got nothing to lose.

I've been crafting an email to my contact and would like a critique on it:

"Dear Joe,
It has been a few months since we last spoke to each other regarding my opportunity to becoming a client service representative at X Company.

I was wondering if that offer would be still be on the table?

As you may remember, I was given a generous salary continuance by my previous employer. My decision to decline your offer at that time was because it wasn't financially viable for me to give up the salary continuance.

During the last few months I've come to learn how salaries have fluctuated in this current job market. While we couldn't come to terms on salary earlier, I'm equipped now with a better understanding of where the market is, and I think we could reach an agreement that we'd both be happy with."
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No issues. Rogers keeps wanting to hire my GF for jobs... she has turned them down on 4 separate occasions (salary too low).
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Update: Received a reply back from that employer and he's still interested in me. :D He also told me that never filled that position.

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