Many of us will wear various hats during the course of our lifetimes. We start out as children and become employees, spouses, and parents — and most of us wear more than one hat at a time after we become adults.
Mothers who work outside the home are now the norm as opposed to several decades ago. Nonetheless, the transition involved in rejoining the business world after a break for motherhood can be both exhilarating and confusing.
Start where you left off
Even though it’s highly doubtful that the last position that you held is still open, touching base with your most recent employer should be your first step in creating your own personal career network.
It’s quite possible that you’ll receive valuable job leads by doing so, and at the very least, you will let it be known to others in your field that you are currently seeking employment.
Technology is your greatest asset
Until quite recently, job seekers were advised to shop their resumes around in person or via the postal service, but things are done differently in the age of technology. You won’t have to use up gas, postage and time making certain that your resume reaches as many potential employers as possible.
The tools that you need to perform a thorough job search are as close as your personal computer. For instance, you can access job sites to look for industry news and open positions.
You can also update your resume online and post it to a variety of career websites, allowing you to provide thousands of prospective employers with your resume in the time that it used to take to send a single resume to one employer.
Get up to speed in your particular industry
Reading industry news will help you learn what’s new in your field. This is very important because employers are generally not impressed with applicants who lack current information regarding industry trends and regulations.
Joining a professional association and attending meetings will also help you get up to speed in your field, as well as provide you with excellent networking opportunities.
No matter how well-preserved your old interview suit is, it’s undoubtedly out-of-date. A stylish new suit will help you represent yourself as a current professional rather than someone who has been out of the industry for any length of time.
Wearing new clothing will also provide you with an extra boost of confidence when interviewing.
Above all, give yourself time to adjust to the transitions that you’re experiencing. If possible, try to get hired by a company that offers flexible working hours and other family-friendly employee perks.
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