Are you like me and glad that the kids are back to school?
We have had an amazing time over the summer holidays but I am happy to say, that they have skipped back into school. I can finally get back to work!
The trouble is, how do you plunge back into work after a career break that’s longer than the summer holidays?
When a holiday turns into a career break
It’s not easy to return to work but there are lots of women (and men) who have been in just this situation. They have created meaningful and enjoyable careers after a career break.
There are lots of ways to convert your career break into an advantage over other candidates. Companies recognise that with age comes wisdom. You are probably less likely to move jobs quickly (you are stickier). You have the ability to multitask!
Some tips that you might want to consider:
Skills you’ve gained
You should consider all of the skills that you have gained from having a pause in your career. These should be phrased in business terms but organisational skills from the home were just as valuable in a work context. “Time management, financial planning and delivery focused” for your household are excellent skills to share with a new employer.
Experiences in unpaid work
These experiences could be with volunteering for your child’s school fete or negotiating the complexities of the health system for an elderly parent. All of these experiences are good examples of using your skills and how you can perform outside of your home environment.
Be clear why you want to return to work. Don’t be embarrassed. Employers want to know that you’ve had a gap in your career but you are ready and engaged in a return.
Do you need someone who will listen to all these skill and experiences and help you translate them into business valuable language?
If you need any help writing your CV based on these ideas please contact me.