There are millions of women especially mums who go on a break for a variety of reasons. You certainly are not alone in going on a hiatus and then looking at restarting your career.
Naturally, starting your career after a break doesn’t make it easy to get a job especially when the unemployment rates are reaching the skies.
Here are some tips to help you kickstart your career after a break:
The last thing would be to create negative thoughts towards entering into the job market only because you feel that you do not have the skills anymore to stay ahead of the game.
You should be the last person in the world to stop yourself from going ahead and welcoming yourself into the job market that you were once so diligently a part of.
Acknowledge that you have grown as an individual in the break, and now you are once again all set to handle the professional reins in a much better way.
Don’t feel silly or shy in endorsing yourself. You should make it clear in your head that you are endorsing your skills that you know for sure are developed enough to suit the market needs.
There are so many legitimate ways to promote your skills, thereby, improving the credibility of your services.
Let the other players in the market know you are back. Put up yourself out there on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn. Even having presence on a local online business directory.
It will be unwise of you to underestimate the significance of networking while you are out there looking for a job.
Your LinkedIn jobs page will inform you about the next networking events happening in your city. Or, you could even seek for possibilities of establishing contacts with potential businesses via a prominent Australian local business directory.
Don’t stop networking, as it is a good platform to explain to decision makers about your professional status and your current needs.
Employers undoubtedly carry a fear that the potential employee (in this case, you) does not have the right skills as per the requirements and so were not employed for a long time.
Let them know the valid reasons for your break and, quite understandably, most of the time, they will empathise.
Prioritise your search
You might not be aware of this, however there are many global companies that have RESTART programs that focus exclusively on hiring women who are looking at coming back to the workforce after their breaks.
Research those companies who give employment opportunities to women for a second start in their career. I know General Electric (GE) has a restart program. I am sure there will be many such companies who would be more than happy to employee people with right skills and are ready to kick start their careers.
It’s never too late
When you want something to work, it never is easy. You have to remain assiduous and honest in your attempts. There are many women who have done better in their second innings than their first and there is no reason you can’t be one of them.
The key is to know that giving up is not the answer and striving hard is the only way out.
As an evolved person after the break, you will have a better understanding that it is not only about getting a new job, but also, enriching your life and taking it to another level.
Finding a job doesn’t have to be the tormenting process that some of us would anticipate. All you need is some hands on advice to keep in mind to get back to the workforce.
Stay focused and you will get through!
We’d love to hear your experiences in getting back into the workforce after having a career break, please share your comments below.