Can I reapply to a job I turned down?

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How do I ask to be reconsidered for a job? I interviewed for a developing position.  Although the population will be a mix of various acuity levels, there is still a lot of uncertainty. I was very excited about the innovation but was concerned about the possibility of a 1:6 ratio. After the interview, I withdrew my application. Now, I'm sorry and would like to be reconsidered. Is this possible? How do I go about doing this? What will the hiring manager think?

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Yes, absolutely, you can reapply.

It's completely understandable to have second thoughts about a job opportunity, and it's commendable that you are willing to reconsider.

Be honest about your thought process. Explain that after further reflection, you've reconsidered and are eager to explore the opportunity. Here's a suggested approach: 

  • Act promptly. Don't delay in expressing your interest in being reconsidered. The hiring process may be ongoing, and your timely response can be crucial.
  • Write a polite and concise email expressing your continued interest in the position. Be clear about your reasons for withdrawing the application and your change of heart.
  • Emphasize your enthusiasm for the innovative aspects of the role and the potential to contribute to the developing position. Highlight specific aspects of the job that genuinely excite you.
  • Acknowledge your concerns, such as the potential 1:6 ratio, and express your willingness to discuss and find solutions or compromises.
  • Reiterate how your skills, experience, and passion align with the position's requirements. Emphasize what makes you a strong candidate.
  • Include a call to action. Request an opportunity to meet or discuss to address any concerns, clarify expectations, and learn more about how the organization plans to manage acuity levels and ratios. "Please don't hesitate to call me at 555 555 555 to schedule an interview."
  • Thank them for their time during the initial interview and for their consideration.

Here's a sample template you could use as a starting point:

Make the subject line of your email clear: Subject: Reconsideration of Job Application for (your name).

Dear [Hiring Manager's Name], I hope this email finds you well.

I am writing to express my continued interest in the [Job Title] position for which I recently interviewed. After withdrawing my application due to concerns about [specific concern, e.g., acuity levels and ratio], I have taken time for further reflection.

I would like to be reconsidered for the role.

I am particularly excited about the innovative aspects of the position and believe that my skills and experience align well with the challenges and opportunities. I acknowledge my previous concerns and would welcome the opportunity to discuss them in more detail, explore potential solutions, and better understand how the organization plans to manage acuity levels.

I am enthusiastic about the possibility of contributing to [Company/Organization] and believe that my background in [mention relevant experience] makes me a strong fit for the team. Thank you for considering my request.

Include a call to action:

I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss my application in person or over a virtual meeting. I am available at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, [Your Full Name] [Your Contact Information]

Be sure and spell-check your email.

Remember, the hiring manager may appreciate your honesty and willingness to discuss your concerns. However, there's no guarantee of reconsideration, so approach the situation with professionalism and an open mind.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth