7 Tips for getting back to work after a long gap

Getting back to working fulltime after a gap of 4 years is surely not an easy task for a mom. I’ve had a lot of moms ask me how I did it, how I feel about getting back to work and how do I manage. So I thought why not put down some tips that really helped me get back into the workplace.

Getting a job by itself can be hard enough but getting one after a break can be even more unnerving!  Whatever your reasons may have been for taking a break, you are not alone when you feel anxious about starting a new job, or feel like your not qualified enough to apply for that position you love or feel like your skills are a little rusty.

These tips below are surely going to help you to push you into the right direction to get back into he workforce:

1.     Assess your new situation.

This is literally the first step you need to take after your break. Think about if your current situation would still fit with your old job role. Would you like to get back into the same field of work or would you want to try something new this time around. If not, then you really need to put a list of things that are important to you. Whether it’s related to your job role, salary, timing, now is really the time to put things back into perspective. 

2.     Network

This is something that is easier said than done. I know everyone talks about networking when you’re trying to get back to work but it’s not always easy going to places alone and talking to people. If you don’t want to go alone, then pull in a buddy to tag along with you as this is definitely one of the top ways of getting 1 step closer to that job you love. 

Few places I suggest you could network that I have been to alone and enjoyed the informal atmosphere are:

Ellevate – Networking is one of the most powerful tools for professional women, and Ellevate offers a global community of smart, savvy women with an eye to success.

https://www.ellevatenetwork.com/chapters/30-ae-dubai

Thrive – Thrive is a platform designed to inspire careers, cultivate ambition, encourage collaboration and create community.

https://www.facebook.com/thrivemiddleeast/

Meet Up – On this link you will find various links for different professional meet ups within the city.

https://www.meetup.com/topics/professional-networking/ae/dubai/

Besides meeting new people, one of the best ways to get a job is by speaking to your old network of co-workers, whether it’s your ex-colleagues from work or your clients, customer or even your vendors. These are people who know your work and can always vouch for you.

Also, don’t underestimate the power of LinkedIn. A lot of multinationals put up their job openings on their page on LinkedIn and also a lot of recruiters refer to your profile before they call you in for your interview.

3.     Take a course

Take a refresher course in what you were doing earlier or something that compliments what you were already doing.

Explore other areas of interest. This is your chance to start over again if you want to. If you don’t have the time to get out of home to study then there are plenty of courses available online to suit different age groups and interests. 

4.     Refresh Resume

If you thought only fashion in clothes changes every season then you are wrong! Resume styles keep changing and it would be advisable to redo your resume using the latest style. There are plenty of websites that have some great tips on how to re do your resume. Here are some of them that I have used:

http://www.resume.com 

https://templates.office.com/en-us/Resumes-and-Cover-Letters
https://resumegenius.com/resume-templates

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

5. Speak with specialized agencies

There are some really great recruitment agencies that specialize in hiring women who at different stages in their lives. Whether it’s after a maternity break or if you’ve just taken some time of work. Don’t forget to check out the job opening on these websites that work towards bringing women back into the workforce by helping them achieve a work life balance with flexi hours.

Mums at Work – http://www.mumsatwork.ae

Hopscotch Dubai – https://hopscotch.work

6. Be Active

Just because you’re not working full time doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything else while you are on a break. Keep yourself active by volunteering in one of the non-profit organization, which you have the most interest in. You can sign up with Dubai Cares, or help out at one of the many animal welfare centers, or help at the labour camps in Dubai

One of the things I started doing while I was off work was started my blog. It kept me occupied and up-to-date with the industry trends.

7. Be prepared for your interview

Finally when you do get that interview call, make sure you are well prepared for the interview by doing proper research on the company and their products. Have questions for the company that you are interviewing for. There is no such thing as being over prepared.

Hope the tips above are as useful for you all as it was for me. Feel free to add on to more tips in the comments below.

xoxo

Karishma

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