Whatever might be your reasons for taking a career break- family, health or education, there is no reason why you can’t start all over again. Want to know how to jump back into the job market? Follow these 5 simple tips and make the move back into work a whole lot easier.
- Assess your situation: It is very important to think and know about your situation. Prepare answers for questions like: Why did you take the break? What did you do in the break? Why do you want to come back? Another thing to consider here is what type of work you want to pursue. Don’t just start applying everywhere in panic, think about the hours, location and sector of your next employment. Try to give an impression to the employer that you are serious about your job application.
- Research as much as you can: It is necessary for you to keep yourself updated. Ensure that you are well aware of the market trends. The simplest way is to sign up for industry newsletters or follow blogs. Also, clean your online profiles. Keep the things that the potential employers would be happy to see. Volunteering is also a good way to ease yourself back into the work environment, especially if you are trying to learn new skills or shift to a new sector. An on-job experience is preferred more than doing a course to upgrade your knowledge.
- Network: Networking is the key. Start telling friends and family what you’re looking for. Use the social media and job portals for your job search. Trust me! They can be of great help. Up-to-date yourself through informational interviews and know about the latest technologies, company culture and all those relevant information that can help you fetch a new job. Create a perfect LinkedIn profile and reconnect with your former colleagues. You never know who might be able to help. Join industry groups and attend, or volunteer at events.
- Work on your cover letter: If you are thinking about a new career option, emphasize how you are excited about the new challenge. Be clear that you know everything about the job profile and career domain, and that you are fully confident about it. If you want to pursue the same career path then talk about the love and passion you have for the particular field. If you can join immediately, do not forget to include it in your cover letter.
- Interview: The biggest challenge is to convince the interviewers that you are confident about the position and you aren’t going to leave anytime soon. Never feel sorry or apologize about your gap, be confident and take the full ownership of the decision that you took. Employers always prefer employees who can take charge and responsibilities of their decisions. Never lie in an interview. Mention about your career gap but try to divert the attention to your previous work experience. Research, plan and prepare all your answers well. It is very important for you to know about the organisation. You need to give an impression that you are well informed and as sharp as someone who has been associated with the job continuously.
And, above everything else do not forget that you are the same efficient person with full capabilities and strengths. Show the confidence and passion to jump start your career again and career break would never be an issue for you!