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Resuming Your Career After a Break: Tips Overcome Challenges and Succeed


Have you ever faced the challenge of getting back into the workforce after taking a break to support your family? I recently spoke with one of my ex-colleagues who shared the difficulties she was encountering while searching for a job after her career break. However, she did not let the situation discourage her, and instead, took proactive steps to enhance her chances of securing a job. One of the most notable things she did was continuously update her skills during the career break. Additionally, she reached out to her network for assistance and maintained a positive outlook despite facing several unsuccessful attempts.

Based on our conversation, I realized that many of us who take career breaks face similar challenges while seeking to resume their professional lives. That is why I decided to share some tips to help others in a similar situation. In this article, I will discuss the importance of skill-building during career breaks, the benefits of networking, and the significance of maintaining confidence and a positive attitude. With these tips, one can navigate the job search process more effectively and increase their chances of finding a fulfilling job that matches their aspirations.


Update your skills: Make use of the time you have to upgrade your skills and knowledge. Attend online courses, read books or articles related to your field, and participate in webinars or workshops. You can also consider volunteering or freelancing to gain more practical experience. For these volunteering opportunities reach out to any NGO of you are also join your local Project Management Institute chapter.


Network: Networking is crucial when it comes to finding job opportunities. Reach out to your former colleagues, classmates, mentors, or industry professionals to stay connected and informed about the latest developments in your field. You can also join professional associations, attend networking events, or participate in online groups and forums to expand your network. Consider joining your local Project Management Institute chapter.


Be confident: Taking a career break is common, and many successful professionals have done it at some point in their careers. Remember that you have valuable skills and experiences to offer, and do not let the gap in your resume hold you back.


Be honest: Be upfront about your career break and the reasons behind it. Honesty is always appreciated, and it shows that you are open and transparent. Focus on the positive aspects of your break, such as the skills and knowledge you gained during that time.


Consider part-time or contract work: If you are finding it difficult to secure a full-time job, consider part-time or contract work. This can help you gain practical experience, build your network, and transition back into the workforce gradually.


Prepare for interviews: Before going to any job interview, research the company, and prepare for the questions they may ask. Practice your answers to common interview questions and be prepared to explain your career break and how you have kept yourself updated with the latest developments in your field.


Be patient: Finding a job after a career break can take time, so be patient and do not get discouraged. Stay positive, focus on your goals, and keep trying. With perseverance and dedication, you will eventually find the right job opportunity.

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