Going Back To Work
If you left your job to stay at home for a while, the chances are you're worried about how to return to the world of work. Returning to the workplace after a long absence doesn't have to be daunting. Follow these tips to help you find a job at the level you want
- Update your skills. If it has been a while since you last worked, it is time to find out which skills are currently in demand in your industry. Network with people in the business and find out what is considered necessary these days. Then either teach yourself, or go on a course. Do this before you start job hunting, so you can include these skills on your CV.
Get in touch with your former boss and colleagues. By far the easiest way to get back to work is to return to the last place you left (assuming you were happy with your job and the company). If you were well thought of and left on good terms, they might find you a position. If there is nothing available, thank them anyway and ask for any useful leads and contacts they might have to help you in your job hunt.
Let your former colleagues, friends and family know! These are the people who are interested in your welfare and will want to help you find a job. Write letters telling them that you are thinking of going back to work. Let them know that you will appreciate any leads or contacts. Include two copies of your CV for them to pass on to people they know. Youll be surprised at how successful this form of networking can be.
Consider freelancing or temping. There are many different temping and recruitment agencies that place candidates of all levels in many different fields including finance, publishing, new media, education marketing and secretarial. To get started look for agencies listed on the Recruitment and Employment Confederation website http://www.rec.uk.com.
Get ready to rebuild your. Don't be surprised or depressed if you have to take a pay-cut when you are trying to rebuild your career. If you were a top-level manager or a director before you left, you may have to re-enter as an assistant director. Employers prefer candidates who have had recent experience. Dont worry. Take the job - and the opportunity to impress them! With a bit of catching up, you will soon be back where you left off, and ready for promotion!