Taking a career break can happen for a variety of reasons, such as taking time off to raise a family, pursue further education, or attend to personal health issues.
However, when it’s time to return to work, it can be daunting to start the job search again.
In this blog, we’ll discuss some tips for applying for jobs after taking a career break.
Update Your Skills
The job market is constantly changing, and it’s essential to update your skills during your career break. Take advantage of any training or education opportunities, attend relevant conferences or seminars, or take online courses. This will help you to stay up to date with the latest trends and techniques in your industry and demonstrate your continued commitment to your profession.
Fill The Gap
When it comes to updating your CV, it’s important to fill the gap left by your career break. This can include volunteer work, freelancing, or any projects you’ve undertaken during your break. If you’ve taken care of children or relatives, you can include any transferable skills such as budgeting, time management, or conflict resolution.
Networking is essential when looking for a job after taking a career break. Reach out to former colleagues or people in your industry who you’ve worked with before. Attend industry events, conferences or seminars, and make sure to connect with people on LinkedIn. Let them know you’re looking for a job and ask for advice or any job openings they might know of.
Address The Break In Your Cover Letter
In your cover letter, be upfront about your career break. Explain the reasons for your break and any relevant skills or experience you gained during that time. Make sure to express your enthusiasm for returning to work and your commitment to your career.
Consider Part-time or Contract Work
Returning to full-time work after a career break can be overwhelming, so consider part-time or contract work initially. This can help you ease back into work gradually, build your confidence and gain experience before returning to full-time work.
Finally, it’s essential to be confident when applying for jobs after taking a career break.
Don’t let your break define you, and don’t be apologetic for taking a career break. You have valuable skills, experiences, and knowledge to bring to the table, and you’re ready to start the next chapter in your career.
In conclusion, applying for jobs after taking a career break can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Keep your skills up to date, fill the gap in your CV, network, address your break in your cover letter, consider part-time or contract work, and be confident.
With the right mindset and approach, you can successfully return to work and advance your career.
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