Finding a job after having chosen to raise your children or following a long illness can be difficult in the current job market but not impossible! In fact, all you need to do is prepare carefully for your return.
Returning to the job market after a long absence cannot be winged: avoid sending your CV to everyone or hoping for a response from your past employers, especially if you are in a very competitive market.
An inventory is needed: how long have you been without a job? Are your skills up to date? Do you have a profile currently sought? Do your salary expectations match the current market?
Look at the job offers that match your profile in your geographic area and analyze the skills required and the salary offered when available. You can carry out this research on offer aggregators such as Indeed, LinkedIn, Money Market Square, etc.
Do not hesitate to ask for help in your self-assessment from a question your past colleagues, or even recruiters. Do not forget professional social networks that allow you to present your journey from another angle!
Often, you will need to consider upgrading your skillset or retraining, hence the importance of planning your return. In order to make the right choice, think about the skills assessment as useful to you in finding your strengths.
Once again, caution is required and if you have to go through professional retraining, a business evaluation is useful to find out what sectors are experiencing growth.
Revise your CV
Once you have mapped out the terms of your return, you should consider redoing your CV. Here we have given a lot of advice regarding content and form.
The crucial point is the explanation of your period of absence. The golden rule is to never lie on your CV: a recruiter can understand a career break, but they will never tolerate a lie on your part. It is imperative to mention this period.
It is essential to show that you have continued to be interested in your sector of activity (reading professional magazines, internet research, etc.) or that you have undergone some training by specifying the name of the training organization and what you learned there. If you have relevant extra-professional activities, do not hesitate to mention them. Thanks to e-learning platforms like Coursera, you can choose from a wide range of professional courses.
Talk about it during the interview
Once you have passed the CV review stage, you will need to convince the recruiter who will not fail to ask you about this quiet period in your career.
Stay frank and positive. Rather than going into and getting lost in details that may worry your potential employer, put forward everything that proves your determination to return to work: training, professional monitoring, extra-professional activities, as well as (we can’t repeat it) enough) your skills!
Preparing for your interview your best guarantee for success: you will be asked many questions and it is up to you to find the right words to reassure the recruiter.
After a career break, professional reintegration could be difficult,but it is not impossible. In addition to your skills and your personality, you will need to emphasize that interruption does not mean inactivity and that you have prepared for your return by being consistent with the current job market.
Did you find work after a career break: how did you convince your employer?