Taken some time off work and anxious about your next move? Whatever your reason for taking a career break, from illness and family commitments to travel and career reflection, don’t be discouraged from delving back into the workforce. Career breaks or sabbaticals are more common than you think, but you’re more likely to find success back on the working bandwagon if you follow these four steps. Flexible but straightforward, these tips will aid your anxiety as well as your approach to job applications.
Prepare For Your Return
It sounds silly and obvious for the most part, but preparing for your return is crucial to a smooth and successful job hunt. Diving straight back into the career game after time away can be overwhelming, so don’t beat yourself up about the time it takes to get into the right mind-set and get organised.
Research as much as you can about the sector you’re getting back into to identify changes and developments that will inform you about potential roles. An easy way to do this is subscribing to company newsletters, reading blogs and networking. Being informed and meeting new people will enhance your wealth of opportunities, and it’s a good way of easing yourself back into professional life.
Be Confident About The Role You’re Looking For
Preparing for your return also means pin pointing exactly the type of role you’re looking for, why this role would suit you, and how it would fit into your career timeline. Make a five-year plan and identify what direction you want your career to take, and the steps you can make to achieve this. After a career break, some employers can be sceptical about your capacity for commitment, so confident, assured answers to their enquiries will prove that you’re a serious and ambitious candidate.
Update Your CV With Your Career Break
It’s important that you don’t try to hide your career break on your CV, and that you take the time to update gaps and acknowledge them. The experience and skills you gained in your break can be important depending on the context, so detail them as you would any other skill.
Be Transparent Where Possible
A potential employer will be suspicious if you don’t give some information about why you took a career break; so being open and honest about your reasons is the best way to move forward. This doesn’t mean including all the tiny details, but a brief overview of why you took a break, your reasons for getting back into work and your future career ambitions will allow an employer to better understand your position and goals.
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