My best friend works at the hotel I quit this past Summer, and my ex-boss asks about me all the time. Recently, she told my best friend that the hotel will be short-handed this winter, and asked my BFF to ask me if I would consider coming back, at least for the winter months. I was indeed flattered, but no way in hell was I ever even going to consider going back to that place. I quit for a reason.
If you get offered your job back months after you quit, it can be a tempting situation. After all, you already know how the place works, you know your boss, your coworkers, and generally it would be easy just to get back in the swing of things again. But before you choose the easy route, consider this- why did you quit in the first place? If you quit to move on to a better job, because you were just burned out on your old job, or you quit for personal reasons, going back may just not be the best solution.
If you get offered your old job and you want to consider it, take the ball in your court and talk to your old boss about the possibility of coming back, but only for more money. If they want you bad enough, they will take that into consideration. After all, they contacted you for a reason- they WANT you to come back, so they should be willing to accommodate any demands you may have, within reason.
If you just plain hated your job (or your boss, or your coworkers, or your pay, for that matter), you can politely decline, but don’t burn bridges. You never know when you’ll actually be in a crunch and actually NEED your old job back. If you get asked directly to come back and you really don’t want to, politely decline but let them know that if in the future you need a job, you will apply at your old job first. Keep the option friendly and open, even if you’re thinking, “Gosh, I hope I never have to work there again.”
I would hope to never have to work at the hotel again, but it’s a nice comfort to know their door is always open. I could have said I’d fill in for the winter, but in the hotel business, that means fill-in work turns into full time work, and then I’m right back into the over-worked schedule that I hated. I called my ex-boss and told her I am happily employed elsewhere, but that should I ever need a job in the future, I would go to her first. She was happy with that. It feels good to know I have the option, in case working from home completely tanks on me.