Whether you’ve decided to take a break from your career for family, travel, or personal reasons, making the decision to get back into the workplace is just the start of your journey. And while the whole process can feel intimidating, breaking the steps down will make it more manageable.
Believe in yourself!
As silly as it sounds, your first step to getting back into the workforce is being confident in yourself. Often, after having a family and taking a break, women will worry about coming back to the workforce because they are no longer sure of themselves, of how well they will be able to manage all of these new responsibilities, and of how to adapt to the changes in their industry since they left. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of some career coaching or mentorship to help you on your way. At Hopscotch, we often work with the likes of Heidi Jones Coaching, which is a great place to start. You can also try asking for advice from an ex-colleague, boss, or someone in the industry you’d like to join.
Figure out what type of employment you are looking for.
You need to ask yourself if you are ready to go back to work full-time or if you need something part-time. Have you decided to change your career path? There are many instances where women decide to change their profession after kids; moms that were once full-time accountants decide that they would rather be home-based pastry chefs, for instance, which makes it important to be sure which direction you want to take your career in.
Work on your CV.
This one seems a little obvious, right? It’s essential to ensure that your CV is up to date and looks the part! It’s always helpful to do a little bit of research on what is imperative to have in your CV. Remember to always tailor-make it for the job that you’re applying to. Employers and recruiters aren’t always interested in all of your previous positions; they want to see experience that is relevant to the position you are applying for.
Update your LinkedIn account.
Your LinkedIn account is very important. A lot of people give it a miss, but you have to remember that it is your complete profile online; it allows you to create a persona and showcase what you are all about. If your CV should only include relevant experience to the role you are applying for, your LinkedIn profile will be able to include all of your experience. You can even include all of your voluntary experience.
Try to keep this profile up to date and as professional as possible. It’s not Facebook, so stray away from posting any personal updates or information that does not seem relevant to your professional aspirations! The most important thing is to have a professional profile picture (no selfies, please) and a professional header. LinkedIn will give you lots of tips and tricks along the way when creating your profile.
Start your job search online.
Once you’ve created the right CV and LinkedIn profile, it’s time to start searching for job opportunities! At Hopscotch, we work very hard to ensure that we keep bringing you the best opportunities possible, such as ‘Career Comebacks’ and ‘Return-ships’. Have a look through our job board to see the latest positions we are advertising.
Network, network, network!
It’s always good to follow up the job search by networking as much as possible! There are various ways to do so; for instance, you can network digitally on LinkedIn or in person at networking events, such as those we have listed here. Build meaningful relationships through these means, as you never know who you will meet and what doors it can open for you.
Gain more qualifications.
It’s always great to keep adding to your qualifications. Use any free time you have to keep learning and to make yourself stand out. LinkedIn Learning gives you access to a variety of courses and videos that are added as certifications to your profile automatically once completed. There are other free courses available online depending on what you want to study, like Hubspot Inbound Marketing and Open2Study.
This is the final and most vital step; try to build a strong relationship with key personnel in your dream company. You need to do whatever you can to network and connect with professionals to get your profile in front of the right people. On average, recruiters can get around 500 to 1,000 applications per job post and most people don’t even get a response, which is why building a strong relationship on a friendly basis can help boost your profile to the top of the pile. Our advice would be to keep it short, sweet, and to the point; try to stand out from the crowd. Remember not to over-contact them as that can come across as unprofessional.