Are you nervous about taking a break in your career? Have you ever thought of leaving your job and going for a foreign tour? Don’t worry most of the people some time or the other have thought about it. Many people working incorporates are either planning for a break or trying to switch companies and start their career fresh. There is nothing much to ponder about it, as these issues can be easily managed. Around 4% of employees have taken a career break of six months or more. This research also revealed that 73% of women took a career break for some ‘family reasons’, whereas 47% of males took a career break for ‘personal reasons’.
1. Assess your situation
Many people make the mistake of jumping straight back into the first job that comes their way. Firstly, if you’re not sure about the job, the interviewer may sense your uncertainty and will likely to take you further in the hiring process.
Secondly, if you settle in a job that isn’t suitable for you, you could even find yourself changing frequently before you find the right one. It is therefore important to take some time to assess your situation first and decide what you want to do. Open your mind and remember, what was right to you before your career break, which is not the best fit is for you now.
2. Update your CV with your career break
It’s quite common for a candidate to believe that a gap in their CV will ruin their career.
However, instead of seeing it as a handicap, see it as something positive that can differentiate you from other candidates. If you have not been working for a long period of time, don’t hide it. A break can provide lots of benefits that can make you just as, if not more hireable, even if it’s just been a chance for you to take a step back and re-evaluate your future career.
When looking for your first job after a career break, don’t forget to use your existing connections. Spend some time reaching out to your previous colleagues, clients, friends, and the family. Let them know that you’re seeking a new position.
They may have the perfect job for you or be able to point you in the right direction. This is also a good opportunity to prepare any potential references that could support your new job applications.
4. Be prepared for your interview
Before you attend your first interview, make sure you’re prepared to answer questions about your career break. You may be asked why you have a career gap and what you did with your time. Honesty is the first step. Make it clear what you did during your break and why you decided it was the right thing for you to do.
5. Look for career returner programs
As well as using job boards to search for jobs, research various career returner programs that may be available. Deloitte is just one example of an organization that runs this kind of scheme. Their return to work program lasts for 20 weeks and is aimed at men and women who have taken a career break. Whether the break has been for family or the other reasons, the scheme provides tailored support and experience to help you readjust to being back at work.
6. Be confident
Whether you’ve been away from work for 12 months or 2 years, getting back into the hiring pool can be nerve-racking. However, the most important thing is that you remain confident in your abilities.
7.Everyone has their own career path
Everyone has different career ladders they climb at their own pace depending on what their goals are in life. So, if you’re feeling apprehensive about jumping back into the workforce after a career break, remember these tips to put you on the right path with renewed confidence.