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Everyone gets to some point in their lives where they need to take a break from work. This is often influenced by life-altering conditions beyond their control at that moment – childbirth, accidents, and others. As people get adjusted to the new circumstances in their lives, a few of them would want to re-integrate into the workforce of their chosen professions. But this might not be as easy as they think.
For one, the long duration spent out of office would mean that some skills might be forgotten or modified. The labour market is a volatile place, policies and job specifications are always improving to meet the ever-changing consumer needs. This is why the quest to find work after a long period of immobility can be challenging at first.
However, a set of things can be addressed that would be helpful in guiding you through your search. We will go through these things right now.
Starting The Search Process
The best place to begin your search for both online and offline jobs would be:
- Popular job sites
- Newspaper adverts
- Getting in touch with former colleagues
- Communicating with fellow professionals on your network.
It is important to contact people who are still in the profession, as they will be in the best position to update you on what has changed and what remained the same. By getting the information you need, you will be able to spend your time appropriately, searching in the right places. You would also be able to know if you need to complete certain assessments to match up or start with a slightly lower class of jobs and then work your way up from there. Obtaining information is a smart way of learning what to do and how to find a job.
Now you have an idea on how far you need to catch up. You can choose from two options – either go headlong for the assessments and complete them or get a minor job that would keep small change coming in while you prepare for the assessments and complete them. The latter option is very helpful if you do not have any alternative source of income at the moment, or if you cannot afford the expenses associated with the extra exams. We would generally recommend the latter option, it would help you to get accustomed to the labour market, and the certifications you get during that period can be used to boost your resume.
Updating Your Resume
This is essential to the core. Do not make the mistake of using an outdated resume to apply for a job. If you feel that you have no idea of how you need to modify your resume, ask for a friend’s help or get in touch with one of the numerous professional cv services available. They would be able to guide you on what you need to change – and do it for you if requested. You can use professional resume templates to help you get a head start in creating a new resume if needed.
Preparing For The Interview
After submitting your resume, you get a call and discover that you were selected for the interview! Congratulations! Now, what next?
It’s helpful at this time to browse through numerous video and text resources that guide you through what to say and not to say during your interview. For instance, it’s safer to mention the skills you have at hand that relate to the job, except prompted otherwise. An employer doesn’t need to know that your hobby is knitting cute wallets unless it is somehow relevant to the job.
A few other things to note during an interview:
- Dress to represent. The employer is actively seeking someone that would portray the company well. Don’t allow your dress sense to give a wrong impression.
- Eye contact is important. It exudes confidence and gives the interviewer the notion that you know your stuff.
- Don’t give more information than asked. Although this works in some instances, it’ best to study your interviewer before deciding to do such.
- Do not play with your phone or fiddle with other objects absent-minded It’s a sign of disrespect.
Finally, be yourself – go there with the mindset that you can do this. Do not fidget and do your best to stay calm. Everything should take shape from there.