In today’s world, it is not uncommon to take an extended break from your career. Some people take time off to raise children, others to care for ailing parents. Still others may simply take a sabbatical to focus their energy on a passion. Though re-entering the workforce is exciting, it can also be quite daunting. Here are some tips to help you ease your transition back into your career.
Work your former network and connect with supervisors and colleagues who might make excellent references. Ask them to recommend you in a formal letter and on your LinkedIn profile, as well. This serves two purposes: First, it lets your network know you are back in the game. Second, it brings to light some of your skills and strengths that you can highlight in your cover letters and in interviews. Be sure to ask each person if you can use them as a telephone reference as you conduct your job search.
Network, Network, Network
The “hidden” job market is chock full of opportunity. In fact, nearly 80 percent of open positions are never advertised to the public. Networking is one of the best ways to get in on these secret opportunities.
Start re-connecting with former colleagues to let them know you are re-entering the workforce and ask if they know of any potential opportunities. Attend community networking events in your field and make an effort to build real connections with movers and shakers in your field. The more you put yourself out there, the more likely you are to uncover un-advertised positions.
Focus on Transferrable Skills
If you are afraid that your skills have taken a hit during your time off, think again. There are a lot of transferrable skills that are actually be honed during a break to focus on family issues or a passion. Some of those relevant skills include: time management, prioritizing, mentoring, empathy, multi-tasking, problem-solving, budgeting and project management. Take stock of the skills you used during your time off and include them in your resume and cover letter.
Get Yourself a “Coach”
Re-entering the workforce after a break can be intimidating. Why not get an expert on your team? Professional recruiters can help you re-work your resume, build your interview skills, highlight your best qualifications, and they can connect you with hidden opportunities. They can also give you a much-needed boost of confidence if you’re feeling nervous about your career relaunch.
If you are a professional who is ready to re-launch your career, you don’t have to do it alone. Reach out to the recruiters at Contemporary Staffing Solutions today, and jump start your job search with an expert at your side.