How to Re-enter the Workforce After a Long Career Gap
Re-entering the workforce after a long gap in employment can be daunting. Will anyone see the value in hiring you? Do you have anything to bring to the table? How can you improve your chances of getting hired? How do you handle the gap in your career? We’ve got some tips if you’ve been asking yourself these questions.
Assess Your Skills
When re-entering the workforce after a long gap, it’s important to take stock of your skills and identify gaps. Review job advertisements to determine areas where you’ll need to brush up on or learn new tools or skills. Once you’ve identified gaps or weaknesses, you’ll need to find ways to fill them via training, mentoring, or other means.
Build Your Network
After a substantial gap in your career, you’re going to need people to vouch for you during the hiring process. You’ll have an added obstacle to overcome in that you don’t have recent hands-on experience to draw from and rely on. Networking allows you to not only gather more intelligence on job openings and industry/field trends, but also helps others understand what you have to offer and speak to prospective employers or recruiters on your behalf.
Be Honest About the Gap
Many people try to hide gaps in employment on their resumes because they fear being ignored by employers. But the truth is that most employers and recruiters understand that sometimes family members get sick, people take time off to raise a family, or other circumstances happen that are beyond your control. It’s better to be honest and address the gap with a brief explanation in your resume or on your LinkedIn profile than to risk appearing deceitful.
Fill the Gaps with Other Activities
In some cases, even though you’ve experienced a gap in your career, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t done anything at all. Volunteerism, training, and even traveling can be leveraged to fill the gaps and put a positive spin on your break from the working world.
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