Want your old job back?

If you were laid off during the Recession, the job uptick underway may mean you could get your old job back.

But don’t expect that to happen without some self-reflection and work on your part, according to The Wall Street Journal.

A recent article in the Journal suggests:

Start with a self-assessment. Take a realistic look at why you were laid off. Was it selective? Did it go beyond cross-the-board cutbacks? How did people at work perceive you? Think about what you would do differently. How could you be more valuable to the company?

But perhaps the big questions are whether it’s even a good idea to go back, both for you and the company. Do you really want to be there?

If the answer is "yes," read on…

–The business climate probably has changed since you left. So figure out what the company needs now and in the future. How can you fill those needs? Take a class to update your skills. Do what you need to improve yourself.

–Stay in touch with former co-workers. Keep up with what’s happening in the company, staff changes and needs.

–Let your former boss know you’re interested and what you could now bring to the job. Emphasize your knowledge and experience with the company and your accomplishments. Be clear that you harbor no bad feelings about the lay off and are eager to return to work.

–Approach the application process as though you were a new candidate. When you go in for an interview, be prepared. Be ready for tough questions.

–If no full-time jobs are available, working on a contract basis could work itself into a job.