submitting a resume to an employer that happens to be a former co-worker

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Registered: 01-25-2013
submitting a resume to an employer that happens to be a former co-worker
Fri, 01-25-2013 - 5:48pm

just found out a former co-worker is in a hiring position at a firm that i would like to work with.  unfortunately, we had issues when we worked together - mainly due to my immaturity.  since then, i have changed personally as well as professionally.  i would like to approach him with my resume as i would be a perfect fit for the position.  how do i let him know i have changed without going into too much detail and am interested in the position?

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Registered: 06-06-2001

How long has it been since you've had contact with this former co-worker? Do you have mutual co-workers/past co-workers/friends in common with whom you've had contact in the meantime, too?  Are others from your former employer also now employed with the new company that interests you?

I'm wondering about the relationship and network you might still have with this former co-worker. Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to be easy to convince this hiring manager that you've changed if he's had direct contact with you that you admit has been problematic and because of your own actions. Before submitting your resume, you might want to consider just reaching out to him, congratulating him on his new position, and asking him about his current workplace. Feel him out.

Let me know what you find and hopefully, I'll be able to give you more suggestions.  Good luck!


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