// Tips For Returning To Work After A Career Break

It’s not uncommon to need to take a career break at some point in your working life.  There are a number of reasons you might need to take a time out including traveling, illness, redundancy, or children. 

If you find yourself getting reading to re-enter the world of work after an extended period of time off, you’re probably feeling a range of emotions.  Getting a new job can be daunting, and your confidence might be low but there are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting a job and thriving in it. 

Get Into The Right Frame Of Mind
Some of the biggest battles you will fight will be in your own head.  Getting into the right headspace is vital. If you’ve been off through illness or injury, you may have fought a physical and legal battle, in which case you will need a personal injury law firm that can help you. The journey to getting your confidence back can take you a long time.   

Evaluate Your Situation
Before you start your job hunt, take the time to write down your qualifications, experience, and skills.  Don’t assume that you haven’t picked up any new skills since you last worked. If you took time out to raise children, you’d be amazed at the practical and soft skills you will have acquired such as organization, multitasking, and empathy. 

Take a look at the job descriptions of the kinds of jobs you want to apply for and list the skills and experience they are looking for.  Compare your two lists and you should be able to identify any major gaps. There’s no rule that says you have to go back into the same sector.  Time away may have given you the clarity you needed to choose a career that better fits your personality and needs. 

This will give you a true picture of your situation and if you need to take any extra courses or voluntary work to plug the gaps. 

Update Your Resume
A gap in your resume isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker. Try and put a positive spin on it and why it actually sets you apart from other candidates.
Start Reconnecting With Your Network

Friends, family, and old colleagues are a great way to find a job.  Update your LinkedIn profile and start reaching out to people and let them know that you’re looking for a new job.  Even if they don’t know of any immediate vacancies, they might be able to introduce you to someone who does. 

Be Ready To Discuss Your Career Break During Your Interview

You don’t have to go into too much detail, but be prepared to talk about your career break, what you did during it and why you took it (if it was your choice). 

Make it clear that you’re well-rested and raring to go.

Look For Targeted Returner Schemes
Career breaks are becoming more and more common, and companies have realized that people returning to the workplace are a huge, untapped resource. In response, there are a number of returner schemes being run by some of the bigger companies.  They are a great opportunity to get back to work with a reputable company, good benefits, and a good chance of a job at the end.  

Go For ItWhatever the reason for your career break, don’t be tempted to believe that it has completely derailed your career and simply apply for any job you can find.  Your skills are just as valuable and you deserve to get your career back on track.  

// this is a contributed post for this charming life.

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