Re-launching your career after a break can be quite daunting for many of you. While making the decision to come back to work there are multiple questions that women ask themselves; will my children adapt to having a working mom?, will I be able to get a job with flexible hours?, will i be able to handle work and home?.
However, one of the most important questions that you need to ask yourself is - Are my skills updated enough to be job ready? If the answer is yes, then everything else will fall in place much more easily. If you are aware of the industry trends and have up-skilled yourself to match the latest requirements you will naturally have an advantage in the job market.
Here are some steps that you can take to enhance your knowledge and skills which can increase your confidence levels and make your comeback easier.
Websites such as coursera.com, digital vidya, simplilearn.com etc.. offer online courses and certifications on a whole host of subjects. It’s a good idea to get certified after doing an online course as this is a proof of your expertise and the knowledge that you have gained. Make sure you include details about these certifications in your resume.
Networking is key:
Your old colleagues and friends are not just your pillar of support while you are looking for a job; they are also the people through whom you learn about the current trends in the industry. So, make sure to retain you connections – connecting on Linkedin, Facebook or a phone call once in a while can go a long way to retain friendships as well as keep you up to date.
Pick up the newspaper:
Yes! You may have a zillion things to take care of. However, don’t let the newspapers pile up without giving them a glance. Do read the newspaper to be aware of current affairs. You will sound much more aware and confident during an interview if you better aware about day to day happenings around the globe – whether it is related to business, sports, entertainment or any other. Also, being in the know of things can make it easier to decide the kind of companies that you would want to apply for and the kind of courses that you would want to take up to educate yourself. If you are not in the habit of reading a physical newspaper, you can always opt for the e-version or download an app such as Newsstand.
Events and Webinars:
Conferences, Seminars and Webinars are great platforms to meet like-minded people and to learn about the developments taking place across industries. You can find multiple events happening in your city related to various topics on Meetup.com..
Spread the word if you learn about any interesting conferences or seminars so that your friends can attend too.
Read more blogs:
Reading industry blogs is a good way to stay in touch with the advances and changes in your industry. It is a good idea to have them bookmarked and sign up for their newsletters so you get regular updates.
Have you been putting off that Masters Degree for too long? Since you are on a break, this may be the best time to pursue it. In case you don’t have the time to attend classes due to commitments at home, you can opt for a correspondence course.
An internship is an excellent choice, if you want to learn something new. For eg: If you are a Marketing professional and you don’t have experience in digital marketing; an internship in digital marketing can help you gain knowledge and the experience that you need to step back into the corporate world.
A three to six month internship can get you back into the working mode by helping you gain confidence. It’s also an opportunity to test the waters before you get back.
A great way to learn is by teaching others. You can enhance your skills further by teaching others who are interested. For eg: If you are an expert in French language, you will only better your skills if you teach it to interested others.
An eye on the job market:
Stay in tune with the job market by checking job sites and being in touch with recruiters to know the kind of jobs that are available and the experience and skills that companies are looking out for. You can immediately know the skills that you are lacking and can work towards filling the gaps.
Keeping yourself updated and upgrading your skills can not just ease your career restart but it can help you stay employable at all times.