Returning to the workforce after a career break can be a daunting task. Whether you took a break to raise children, travel, care for a loved one, or pursue further education, jumping back into the job market can be overwhelming. But don't worry, there are things you can do to make the transition smoother. Here are five top useful tips for career returnees:
Update your skills
Depending on how long you’ve been out of the workforce, your industry may have changed significantly. Take time to assess your skills and knowledge, and identify any gaps you need to fill. You can take courses, attend workshops, or even consider going back to school to update your skills.
Networking is crucial for any job search, but it’s especially important for career returnees. Reach out to your professional network, former colleagues, and attend industry events to get back in touch with people in your field. You can also join online communities, LinkedIn groups, and attend virtual networking events.
Highlight transferable skills
Even if you’re switching industries, chances are you’ve gained transferable skills that can be applied to a new role. Focus on highlighting these skills in your resume and cover letter to show employers that you have relevant experience and are adaptable.
Consider part-time or contract work
Starting with part-time or contract work can be a great way to ease back into the workforce. This allows you to gain experience, update your skills, and network with professionals in your industry, all while maintaining flexibility.
It’s normal to feel unsure of yourself when returning to work after a career break, but don’t let that hold you back. Focus on your strengths and the valuable experience you gained during your break. Confidence is key when job searching, so believe in yourself and your abilities.
Returning to work after a career break can be challenging, but with the right mindset and approach, it can also be a rewarding experience. By updating your skills, networking, highlighting your transferable skills, considering part-time or contract work, and being confident in yourself, you can make a successful transition back into the workforce.
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