What's the best way to approach an agency you previously worked for about coming back?

Remain professional and continue doing the best job possible from the minute you resign until your last day.

Remain professional and continue doing the best job possible from the minute you resign until your last day. This will not only keep you in good favor with colleagues and supervisors, but it will make it that much more likely that the firm will keep the door open for a possible return. If you are considered to be a valuable employee, an agency will often welcome you back if the right position exists.

If you're interested in becoming a "boomerang" employee, check in with your previous supervisor or HR head to see if there is an opening at your old firm that matches your skills and experience.

This contact will often allow an open dialogue - if your timing is perfect, then it is usually an easy process to interview and get an offer for an existing opening. If the openings don't seem appropriate, stay persistent and keep actively in touch with your contact. When the timing is right, you'll be at the top of their list.

In addition, if you've shown that you can contribute great value, a firm might be willing to carve out a new role that matches your interests and experiences.

Once you do return, it's amazing how quickly you integrate back into the agency's culture and environment. I'll often hear boomerang employees say that after a couple of months back at the old firm, they feel like they never left.

Tara Lilien is director of New York HR at Manning Selvage & Lee.

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