Getting Back to Work - This is an Excellent Time to Reenter the Workforce at Any Stage in Your Career
The COVID-19 pandemic sidelined and set back a lot of careers, but with vaccination levels rising as infection levels drop -- this is a good time to get back into the workforce.
Of course, getting back into the workforce after a hiatus isn’t as simple as sending out a few applications. To do it right requires research and deliberate action.
Address the Gap in Your Work History
Rather than taking an, it-is-what-it-is attitude toward your work history gap, find ways to mention any pertinent experience you might have collected while outside the workforce. For example, if you helped with running a school fundraiser for your child, you likely used people management and budgeting know-how.
While you’re seeking full-time work, consider freelance, contract work or volunteer work, especially in relevant areas. Mentioning those activities in your cover letter and resume will show you're very dedicated to reentering the workforce.
Get Your Finger Back on the Pulse
It seems like the speed of change in every industry is staggering, both with respect to technology and best practices. To be able to say to a potential employer that you are up to date, you need to play catch-up by following industry groups and insiders on social media. Also, think about joining professional associations and attending networking meetings in your field. Professional groups and events also allow you to practice your elevator pitch and hone some impromptu interview abilities.
Best of all, these activities don't require a massive investment. The time devoted to reconnecting with your field can be as little as an hour or two per week and still produce results.
Sharpen Your Skills
Technology tends to change rapidly, and professional skills can atrophy without regular use. Check out the abilities potential employers are requiring for your target positions and use these skills as a measuring stick. Then, be tactical about showcasing what skills you have and look to gain what skills you're missing. You should have quite a few choices for updating or sharpening skills, from taking an online class to doing volunteer work.
The Rise of ‘Returnships’
For years, large international companies have offered return-to-work programs to help people get back into the workforce and given the stark realities of a post-pandemic world, there's been growing in offering these kinds of programs.
Sometimes called ‘returnships’, these programs usually last from a few weeks to a few months. They typically include training and networking initiatives
Remember Your Value
Being away from the workforce could make you think that you're not as qualified as your competition. Unfortunately, if you walk into an interview lacking confidence, a hiring manager cold see it as an inability to confidently do the job.
The most effective way to fight that is to have a firm belief in why you're returning to the workforce, and your ability to add value. Walk into each interview with a clear understanding of how you are uniquely qualified for the open position.
We Can Help You Get Back to Work
At Quanta, we often help folks reenter the workforce, regardless of why they left. Please reach out to us today if you could use our assistance.