There are many reasons someone might take a break from working. Caring for children or family members, getting laid off, quitting a job, and taking medical leave are just a few explanations. For those taking short breaks, there may be no learning curve for reentering the workforce. But for those taking an extended leave, it can be challenging. If this is you, check out these three quick tips to make the transition a little smoother.
Do your research.
What kind of work are you hoping to do? Are you picking up where you left off in your career? Or do you want to try something new? In any case, do your research on the industry—current trends, employee profiles and experience levels, current news, and anything else you can get your hands on. Google your questions, peruse LinkedIn, and conduct informational interviews to get a feel for potential positions that meet your skills and experience. Thoroughly understanding the industry won’t just help you in a potential interview, but will allow you to be truly confident that it’s the right industry for you.
Before you jump back into the workforce, donate your time. Volunteering has a two-fold benefit. First, it strengthens your ties in your community and gets your face and name out there. It also allows you to sharpen and show off your skills. This can help as you update your resume and begin interviewing for positions. While not a direct substitute for professional work experience, it does speak to a candidate’s skills, interests, and willingness to make a difference.
Seek temporary employment through a staffing firm.
Temporary employment offers a host of advantages. First, it allows you to easily reenter the workforce with the help of a team that wants to see you succeed. At LaborWorks, we take the time to learn about your skills and interests to place you in the right position. Once placed, you’ll gain experience, network with others, and earn income. Most importantly, you may be able to secure a permanent position, as many of our employers officially hire the individuals we place.
Reentering the workforce is an exciting time. Use these tips to make the most of this transition and take the next step in your career.