If you’ve been out of employment for a couple of months or even several years, the prospect of returning to work after taking a break can be particularly daunting. However, it’s important to remember that even though you may not feel like a working professional any more, it is completely possible to get back into the swing of things at work, regardless of the amount of time you’ve had off. CV-Library have put together a few handy tips to help you get workplace-ready once again.
Familiarise yourself with yourself!
When thinking about returning to work after a break, it’s important to reconnect with yourself as a professional. This can involve anything from the positives and negatives you felt about the workplace, to how many cups of tea you sipped all day! Remembering what you used to do and feel will place you in the right mindset for a working environment and will hopefully give you more confidence regarding your abilities.
What do you want to do?
For many returning to work, a complete career switch might be what’s motivating you. It may be worth checking out training courses if you’re planning on entering a new sector. But then again, you may feel more comfortable going into something that you’re familiar with and get back into the game slowly. Regardless of how you decide to tackle choosing a job role, be realistic about what you want to achieve by going back and how much you can do in your current situation.
Once you have decided what you want to do, you can start getting organised. The first place to start is with your CV. If you’ve been out of work just a few months then it shouldn’t take too much of a rework. However, if you’ve been out of work for a significant amount of time, it may seem like a daunting task. But don’t fret! At the beginning of your CV, briefly explain the reason for your time off; don’t try and hide any gaps. After that, there is very little difference in how to form your CV. Include relevant information and showcase your skills, knowledge and talent.
You need to start preparing yourself for what’s ahead. Reconnecting with any old employers or co-workers is ideal. Alternatively, you may choose to look for something brand new and attend some networking events. Through communicating with current professionals you’ll gain a greater insight into industry advancements and you might even get a heads-up on some job vacancies too!
When returning to work remain positive and have a little self assurance, this is a life-changing journey you’re about to embark on. It might take some time to find the right job and feel at ease in the workplace again, but remember it’s definitely possible!