How to Prepare Yourself After a Career Break

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Have you taken a career break due to family responsibilities or to cool yourself off from your hectic life? Are you planning to go back to work after this much-needed break? This article will touch upon these aspects and much more.


Getting a job can be a tough ask especially when you are getting back from a career break. You may feel anxious about starting a new job or you may worry that your skills are a little rusty because a lot has changed over the course of time since you were away from work.


Here are some of the tips that can help you get a job once you are back after a career break:


  1. Assess the Current Situation


It is crucial to assess the current situation before you go out and hunt for a job. You need to decide what career path you need to follow since it is a fresh start. What was right for you before your career break, may not be suitable now since things have changed completely. So, assess the situation and put your best foot forward.


  1. Update your CV with Career Break


It is quite common that a career break mentioned in your CV will put a negative impact on the hiring manager or recruiter. However, don’t think of it as an obstacle or hindrance and see it as a challenge. If you are not working for a long period of time, don’t hide it and mention it clearly in your CV. Who knows, the honest and frank approach might work in your favor.


  1. Social Networking


Your chances of having a new job are dependent on your social networking connections. When you are looking to explore new opportunities, always use your existing connections. You can spend some time reaching out to your previous colleagues, clients, friends, seniors, and close relatives. This is also a good way to prepare any potential references that could support you when you look out for new opportunities.


  1. Career Returner Programs


There are some good firms like Deloitte, JP Morgan etc. that provide career returner programs to professionals who have taken a break from work. This is another brilliant way to get back to your professional life by means of mentorship programs.

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