/ Asked by ebun
I turned down a job with a wonderful company last year for personal reasons at the time and now I regret it. The job I took instead was not what I expected and has taken me off my career path totally. Should I contact the hiring manager, apply online or just forget about it?
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, March 30, 2015
Great question!!  My first piece of advice would be not to regret any choices that you have made, all of our choices lead us to a path we may not be aware of. If the other job is truly what you are passionate about and is once again available you should certainly make the hiring manager aware of your interest .

Good Luck!
Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
You asked a great question! Always keep in mind that you had reasons behind turning down that position. Your current job is a learning experience for you. You know now that the type of position you are in is not something you want to make a career out of. If the job you turned down is still something of interest then I would contact the hiring manager. There is no harm in reaching out and showing your interest. You never know, there could be another job at that company they recommend you apply for. Best of luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
I think you are touching on more than one great career related idea with this question!  So first of all, you don't always know exactly what a job will look like once you're in it, so when you pick the job offer to accept you are using the information you have at that moment to make the best decision you can make.  That is totally reasonable and the recruiter/hiring managers you have been working with understand that.  This is also a perfect example of why it is so important to look at all contacts as networking opportunities that can assist you in the future.  Think all the old adages about never burning bridges!

Go ahead and reach out to the person you worked with previously and let them know that circumstances have changed and you would like to be considered for a position.  You will likely need to apply or self nominate for a new opening if the previous position has been filled.  People have to know you're interested to consider you!

Utilize LinkedIn to connect as appropriate and reactivate any contacts that can help you get back on track for pursuing a different opportunity.  Good luck!
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Friday, April 3, 2015
Employers understand that candidates make decisions based on a number of things, including your career aspirations and priorities at any given time. I would recommend applying to the role you’re interested in online but then also reaching out to the Hiring Manager to reconnect. Be transparent about your current situation (without being negative) and share with the potential employer what it is about their organization that you still admire. Make sure to outline why you think you’d be an asset to their organization and what you’ve learned from the role you had previously accepted.
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