There are several reasons why someone might take time away from the workforce. For some it’s maternity leave or family matters; for others it could be a case of the travel bug or a spell of unemployment after a layoff or career change. No matter the reason, it can feel daunting to begin the job search process following several months or years out of the workforce. But fear not! We’ve rounded up a few articles from around the web to offer you some tips and tricks for a successful return to the workforce:
In this Huffington post article, Melissa Llarena suggests using the unique benefits of your time off to your advantage. She explains that jobseekers should “determine how the skills used and experiences had during your sabbatical specifically readied you for the position you seek. Spend time writing down specific answers to questions like these: How did this sabbatical make you better? What skills did you learn during that time? In what ways did you have to become more resourceful?”
Steven Lindner points out in his Daily News article that stay-at-home dads now represent 16 percent of all U.S. household with young children. However, when they try to re-enter the workforce they face an even greater stigma than women. Lindner recommends that men who are planning on re-entering the job force should start preparing at least six months in advance.
“If you are not currently employed, do something to hone your work-related skills with a position that does not require a substantial investment of time, such as volunteer work for a non-profit or in the community,” Lindner explains.
Older workers ages 55 and up account for a larger chunk of the unemployed than they used to, and they make up a bigger share of “dropouts” who leave the labor force after failing to find work, according to Michael Kanell at the Atlanta Journal. This article urges aging workers who are trying to return to the workforce to do more to keep their skills fresh like going back to school or earning new certifications. “The half-life of your degree is about three years. If you are not evolving, you are being left behind,” the article states.
In her CNBC article Marguerite Ward highlights the rise in adult internships for people who have been out of the workforce for several years or who want to make a big career change. Cleverly named a “returnship”—the grown-up version of an internship—these new opportunities could be a second chance at success. The article explains that returnships “provide marketable skills and can also offer mentorship, experience and a chance to learn about new industry trends and operations.”
Returning to the workforce after a period of absence doesn’t have to be a scary ordeal. There are so many career transition options at jobseekers fingertips that can equip them for success while entering the labor force and beyond.