Should You Take Back Your Ex-Employer?

Severance agreement. "Usually a severance agreement will say that you have to give up some portion of the severance payment if you return to work," Warren said. If you have questions about the agreement you signed, he advised, check with your employer's HR department or employee benefits manager.

Pension plan. If you have a pension plan through your ex-employer, Warren said, check how returning to the company could affect your pension payments when you retire, if at all. Again, your HR department or employee benefits contact can help with such questions.

Seniority. If you belong to a union or worked for an employer with a seniority system, Warren said, "find out if your being out for a period of time affects your seniority rights."

No Shame in Taking Back Your Ex [Employer]

No one would blame you for feeling a bit like the black sheep of the company after winding up on the wrong side of budget cuts. After all, everyone has their pride. But being asked to rejoin the team is confirmation that nothing could be further from the truth.

Jessica Leggette, an executive assistant in Phoenix who was devastated when let go last July, admitted she felt "awkward" and "a little insecure" about returning to work for her former employer this March.

"But those feelings quickly faded," she said. "By the end of the first week, it was as if I had never left."

"You're not coming back as damaged goods," Rothenberg said. "You've got to hold on to the thought that good people are let go for valid reasons. If they're asking you back, that's a pretty clear indication that you've proven yourself."

In other words: They like you! They really, really like you!

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Michelle Goodman is a freelance writer and former cubicle dweller. Her books include "My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire," and, "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube." Follow her at @anti9to5guide.

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