Contemplating going back to work? If so, there will be time between you making the decision to return and you finding the right job, so use the time wisely.
Here are five things you can do when you're thinking about returning to the workforce.
Get Your Head Back in the Game
Time to switch gears from kids and family life towards what you want to do. Start by looking up articles and information online to learn about industry news, and reacquaint yourself with the vocabulary and the latest jargon.
Reconnect With Your Professional Contacts
Look up your colleagues and co-workers from past jobs and see who you can reach out to. Ask them about the company’s latest news and what’s exciting for them at the moment. If you’re not sure what you want to do, you can ask people from your network for ‘informational interviews’. Talk to them about what they do - people love to talk about themselves!
Manage the Gap on Your Resume
Once you’ve dusted off that resume, the next step is to decide what you want to add to it. You cannot hide your stay a home experience, so instead draw attention to your skills. Take a moment and refer to my earlier blog post on ‘transferable skills’. Write about your experience in a way that highlights your achievements and successes that relate to the role you’re interested in.
Submit a Cover Letter that Gets to the Point
Create a cover letter that sets the narrative the way you want to tell it. Address your time away from work in a few sentences and then move on to state your commitment towards the role you’re applying for. Then demonstrate that you’ve done your homework by expressing your interest in the company and why the role excites you. Bonus marks if you can address it to the hiring manager or recruiter involved in the search!
Fill Your Professional Gap
If you want recent experience on your resume look for volunteer opportunities, short term contracts or freelance roles. Also, connecting with a temporary employment agency is a great way to get experience in the specific area of your interest, while getting a feel for different industries and organizations.