Here are five steps to help you get back into the workforce.
Many women have taken time off work to raise families or pursue other goals and they find that re-entering the professional world after a lengthy break can be a very daunting endeavour.
Here are some pointers on how to transition back into the work arena.
EVALUATE YOUR DESIRE
First, assess why you want to go back to work. Do you want to work because you need the money, you miss being in an office, or you want to progress in your career? Do you want full-time or part-time work? Depending on your answers, you might resume the same job you held before or you may opt to try something totally different.
No matter what you decide, it is important to manage your expectations. You may not enter the work-force at the same level that you left it, but remember your long-term goals and do not become disheartened.
Whether you have been out of the office for one year or ten, it is imperative that you stay abreast of news and trends in your field through the internet, books and magazines. Technology in every sector is constantly evolving and you should consider registering for workshops or online courses to update your knowledge and skill-set.
Next, update your CV so you are ready to re-position yourself in the marketplace. Revise your profiles on social media and join networking groups and relevant business associations. Remember that word-of-mouth goes a long way; reconnect with your professional network to find job opportunities.
SEEK THIRD PARTY ASSISTANCE
It can be helpful to meet with a career coach or a recruitment consultant to assess the job opportunities available that meet your expectations. These professionals can advise on relevant skills, critique your CV and help with your interviewing techniques.
Before you attend an interview, write down your requirements, i.e. flex-time so you can pick up the kids from school. Through it all, make it clear that you are confident to go back to work and are committed to your decision.
Change in any capacity can be harrowing, but with time, it can also be exciting and fulfilling. Be kind to yourself and give yourself time to adjust.