How To Get Back Into Job Market After A Long Leave
Sometimes, life happens and you need to take time off work or are not able to work for a long stretch of time. Whether its for health reasons, to be a stay-at-home mom, to care for sick loved ones, or to take a sabbatical — these are common reasons why people may have time gaps in their resume. So now that things are moving forward and you want to get back into the workplace, reintegrating yourself with the corporate world can be a challenge.
We put together a list of things you need to do to get yourself into the job market again:
Take A Step Back And List Your Skills
This tally will help you understand where you stand, what your strong skills are and how that could be applied in the corporate world. Remember to include all skills that you learned when on the job and during the break. This shows you are a continuous learner and often helps with your application.
Brush Yourself Up
Things have changed since the last time you worked, you have to accept that you may be behind the curve. So the best thing to do is brush yourself up with all the relevant technologies and software that are pertinent to your industry.
Focus on Networking
It has been a while since you were out there, networking with people will give you the boost you need to spread the word out. It should be noted that, networking can also be done online from the comfort of your home through various social media sites like LinkedIN, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Networking is a very vital aspect of your job search. Always try to connect with as many people and hand out your business card as often as you can.
It has probably been a while since your last interview. As a general rule, it is recommended to practice for interview questions with a friend or in the mirror. These simple interview tips will help you go a long way. Alternatively, you could read up on sample questions that are asked in an interview and practice with those instead.
This is by far one of the most important aspects to keep in mind when looking for a job. Be honest with the dates and reasons that led you to take time off. This helps the interviewer be empathetic to your cause and sees you as a potential hire. Always try to tailor your resume to emphasize your skills and experience rather than the dates you spent at each job. We saw one applicant fill in the time they spent as a stay-at-home mom on their resume as “Household CEO”.
Don’t Give Up
Experts say, it may take up to 1 year to get established; you have to hold your fort, constantly improve, and accept feedback. Don’t get discouraged — it takes time to recreate your professional identity. Remember, good things take time.
These tips will get you back in the game in no time. Remember them and always be on the lookout for the next opportunity. Think you are ready for begin your search? Click here to browse through available job listings at Goldbeck Recruiting.