|June 9, 2014 | By admin|
According to CNN, 40% of women are taking a break from their careers to care for their families. Many women take a sabbatical to take a fresh perspective in life, pursue an education, reassess things on how to improve the quality of life, or just take a break from the hustle and bustle of juggling between career and home management.
When its time to rejoin the workforce, it’s difficult to make that transition, it can be daunting to some women. So, what can you do to get a job after a career break? Here are tips to jumpstart your career:
Internship is not just for college students anymore. Many firms, including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs, are creating programs to help women get back into the workforce. They hire mothers and other women who took time off their careers.
People are now using different social media for a variety of purposes, but mainly for networking. Create an account in LinkedIn and share something at least once a week. Post a thoughtful comment, reach out to your connections, endorse colleagues whom you’ve worked with, and follow companies related to the industry which you want to get back into. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are also great venues to research employers.
One thing employers fear of hiring someone who took a career break is that they won’t be up to date. Enroll in a back-to-work program and other similar refresher courses to show that you’ve kept your skills fresh. Check out iRelaunch.com for a list of career reentry programs offered worldwide. Read trade magazines, talk with former colleagues, and read news in your industry to update your knowledge.
Years away from the labor force can shift your interests. Consider the things you liked and disliked in your previous field. If you don’t want to go back, identify the reason for this change of heart. Think about what your interests and skills are now. Focus your job search according to your new interests.
There will be a gap in your resume after taking a sabbatical. Don’t let this discourage you. There are many ways on how to deal with this gap. You can organize your resume by skills, and not by dates, so you can put the focus on what you can do. Volunteer work that used job-related skills is a great thing to include on your resume. Think about what you’ve done during your career break and add it on your resume.
Create a business card with your contact details: name, phone number, and professional email address (for example, FirstName.LastName@email.com). If you have a professional website, include the URL to the card, and the link to your LinkedIn profile.