Professional career holds a very interesting position in our view of our own personality. We look at our success in terms of not just the successful profession but successfully balancing the professional and personal life. However, it is a challenge for most women to find a job after a break. So, we thought of asking the expert advice from Narmadha Kamalakannan. Narmadha is author of “Get Ready Lady”, a preparatory book for a career comeback.
Restart with an open Mind:
The young author shared her journey saying that she has taken the career break twice and it wasn’t easy to come back. She explains, “As mothers we all have emotional strings pulling at us. However, the challenges are just like a wrapped gift, when we open them safely and correctly there is a beautiful gift waiting for us.” She used her restart period to explore new opportunities instead of hiding behind the comfort of known IT career. She compares the experience to paragliding, the fear of taking off and the last minutes thoughts of doubt all leading up to that one moment of joy of flying high.
One of the biggest challenges when restarting is going back to find your juniors to be your peers or sometimes even seniors or mentors. Narmadha suggests keeping an open mind and creating a USP for yourself so you can start performing with confidence.
How to make a Career Restart?
Restarting is a process, said Narmadha. We have follow a systemmatic approach when restarting. Here are the steps she suggested:
- Analyse your Strengths & Weaknesses and make a list of your Career Options based on your strengths. Career break is the time for you to figure out what you are passionate about and if you want to explore some other talents and career opportunities than what you have been doing before the break. Consult with people who know you and spend time in self analysis.
- Build the required support around you. This support system is what will keep you sane when it comes to balancing the work and personal life. Do not underestimate the power of a strong support system.
- Customize your resume for every career. Every career option needs a different skill set from you. Your best bet is to highlight the skills required for that opportunity and put the rest as other skills you possess. Look at some of the resume tips here.
- Stay connected with your ex-colleagues, ex-bosses. While looking for a job, references play a very big role. The bigger your circle is, the easier for you to hunt for opportunities and more aggressive you can get while applying because of so many suggestions and references. Also, the professional circle will help you get up to date with the current market requirements and trends.
- Develop new skills after you are confident that this is what you would love doing. The competition is going to be fierce and when you have accepted that, your skill development is what builds your confidence and ensures that you can outshine anyone.
- Explore and use LinkedIn. LinkedIn has proved to be one of the most useful tools for job hunting. Connecting with right people, updating your profile to make it more attractive for employers can always help you get more interviews and job opportunities.
- Prepare for the interview. Don't over ask! Demonstrate the skills that you bring to the table first!
Are you facing a challenge in your career comeback? Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Restarting!