Whether you’re returning from maternity leave, making a career change, or re-entering the workforce after several years off, you need to make sure your skills are up to the job. Going back to work takes work.
If you haven’t been in the office groove for a while, you may need to familiarize yourself with the latest computer programs and other technologies. Take a refresher course online or at your local community college. Read job ads in your career field of choice to find out what new skills employers require.
Sell It Like It Is
Have big gaps in your job history? Create a functional résumé rather than a chronological one. By gearing your CV toward your accomplishments and skills (not dates), your future employer will be able to clearly see what you have to offer.
Put It All Out There
To land the right job, you need to build and expand your network. It’s all about creating relationships – on and offline – in order to find the best available opportunities.
Social media websites like Facebook and Twitter let you establish contact with a enormous amount of people. But LinkedIn is probably one of the best places to connect with a large number of employers and other people who may be able to help you. Setting up your LinkedIn profile is easy; then you can start schmoozing with those in your field.
But don’t just network online – face-to-face contact is often the best method. Attend seminars, workshops, and college alumni events; and if you have friends and family members in similar industries, bug them as often as possible.