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Linda Taylor | 14 July 2020

How to go back to work after a career break.

Going back to work after an extended break (no matter what the reason), whether it’s 1 or 10 years is never easy.

You have made the decision to return, whether it’s from a study break, parental break or sabbatical.  Then comes the process.  Digging out the CV, updating, applying and then the waiting game.  Yes, the “thank you for taking the time to apply, however…” might start appearing, but this is not the time to lose hope. 

Here are some tips to help you return to work.

·         Don’t undervalue what you can offer an employer.  Be clear on your strengths and skills and this will increase your confident and give you energy for the job search.  You are worth it, so show it!

·         Network.  Contact previous colleagues, employers, clients, friends and family.  Let everyone know what you are after.  You never know who might be able to help.

·         In you haven’t been in the workforce for years, it might be worthwhile to seek relevant up-to-date experience.  Be creative.  Look at temp work, skilled volunteering, or maybe a short project or work placement through your contacts.  This will help fill the gap in your CV, professional confidence and you never know where it could lead.

Remember, have a positive attitude.  As with everything your attitude influences how things will go.  You are also the same capable person you were before your break (just a little out of practise).