There are a lot of life circumstances that might lead to a lengthy career break. Relocation, focusing on education, having children, or a family emergency may have diverted your priorities for a while. When you’re finally ready to get back in the game, you might feel overwhelmed by the prospect of jumping in with both feet. When you’re sure the time is right, there are a few things you can do to put yourself in the optimum position to see career success.
1. Decide What You Want to Do
Do you want to return to your old line of work, or are your passions driving you in another direction? Even if you were an office worker for ten years, it might not feel right to be an office worker for ten more. If you aren’t resuming your previous line of work, you need to think about what you do next. If you feel that something like a skilled trade is more your calling, you might need to update your education before you start looking for positions.
2. Update Your Resume
It’s going to be hard to secure a position with the same resume you used years ago. The recruiting process has changed, and the people reviewing your resume will be looking for different things. Keep your resume short and to the point. Make your cover letter snappy and direct. Most importantly, tell the truth. Shorter resumes are most likely to be read in their entirety, so make sure you’re showcasing experiences that are relevant to the job you’ll be applying for.
3. Create a Job Search Schedule
It’s time to get back into some sort of routine. One of the best ways to stay on track with your job search is to develop a job search schedule. How long will you spend each weekday looking for a job? How will you divide that time between emailing, checking your professional social media accounts, browsing job boards, and submitting applications? This will help you measure your progress, and it will also make your transition back to work easier. You’ll be used to adhering to a schedule.
4. Start Networking
The best way to get informed and meet connections is through networking. Every industry has its own networking events, and you might have some near you if you’re willing to travel. If you can’t find anything within a reasonable distance, you can always virtually network through blogs and specialty groups. As long as you keep checking in and introduce yourself to as many people as possible, you’ll be assuring your name stays fresh in people’s minds.
5. Build Your Confidence In Yourself
An interview is your opportunity to make a great first impression and sell your skills to someone who may be your employer for years to come. Buy yourself a business casual interview outfit that makes you feel both comfortable and powerful. Practice your answers to interview questions. Remind yourself that your career skills have landed you a job in the past, and brush up on them to renew their strength. If you want other people to feel good about you, you need to feel good about yourself. Confidence is your best tool in your job search, and it’s something every employer will appreciate.
Even if it takes you a while to land the job you want, don’t feel discouraged or give up. Some industries are highly competitive, and they’d be just as competitive if you didn’t have a gap in your resume. Stay focused and determined, and you’ll get what you need.