If you’ve taken a long break from your career, you are not the only one. Lots of people take time off from their careers for one reason or another. Remember The Good Wife for example? She took time off her career to raise her kids and found herself in desperate need of work after her husband was incarcerated, and what about Claire in Modern Family who also took a break from work to raise her kids and decided to go back to work as soon as her children no longer needed her?
I’m sure that you already know that it’s not easy to go back to work after being away for too long. The game has changed, and you are rusty, your skills might be considered out-dated, and your competition is young and perky and wants to conquer the world. But it’s not all negative. It’s all to do with presenting yourself the right way. You should remember that confidence is now as important as ever, so trust yourself and follow these tips that are sure to get you back on the track to career success.
1. Boost Your CV
You shouldn’t feel that you can’t offer to the employer what a younger person can. After all, you have life experience and wisdom, and I am not kidding when I say that these things are just as important.
The first thing you need to do is to rewrite your CV. Create a profile with LinkedIn and use their resume builder to create a killer CV.
To decide what skills you can add to your CV talk to your family and friends, ask them what are your best qualities and how they believe those can be translated into work skills. You’ll get a better understanding of how people see you, and you’ll also be able to add skills to your CV you might not have thought of otherwise.
2. Take a Course
Learning should be on-going throughout our lives, but very few of us actually stick to this policy. However, there’s never been a better time to go back to learning after taking a long career break. Find a course that’s relevant to your industry, preferably something to do with new technologies and enrol. Add it to your CV even if you’ve just started because employers will appreciate your effort and they’ll also be more likely to trust you if they know that you acknowledge the fact that you might be a bit behind the developments of the industry.
3. Get Back In Touch With Professional Relationships
It’s important to reconnect with old colleagues and employers before you start searching for a job. They can update you on the ongoings in the industry, and they can also point you to companies that are looking to hire, they’ll also know which companies only hire younger graduates and which might give you a chance.
It’s important to understand that you need to be open about your break. Don’t shy away each time someone asks you, be truthful and tell them why you want to go back to work and what you expect to get out of it. Don’t forget to be enthusiastic and passionate about your work and to look for the person that will be willing to give you a break. Once you get back to work, it will be like you never left!
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