Re-entering the workforce- 5 tips for success

By: Gary Daugent

You may have taken time off to be a home maker, travel, or pursue a
lifelong dream. Returning to the workforce may feel overwhelming and
almost unachievable in today's rapidly advancing environment. However,
don't be discouraged. Here are some tips that can help you avoid
common mistakes and shorten the time it takes you to get re-hired.

1. Honesty is best – Be honest with your new prospective employer when
they ask you why you left your last job. It is better to tell them that you took time off to travel, spend time with your family, or pursue a lifelong goal. Be specific and avoid nebulous or false answers. Employers who are constantly interviewing will know immediately if you are trying to hide or fabricate facts.

2. Document the time gap – Your resume should document what you have
been doing since you left your last employer with dates. People frequently omit the time gap between their last job and the present time.

If it is 2006 and the last item on your resume is with a firm in 2003 this will raise concerns. The reader might assume that you have been doing nothing for the last 3 years. In the worst case a naïve interviewer will assume that you had a long gap of no activity and eliminate your candidacy. Document where you have spending your time; such as tax consulting for friends, fund raising for a charity, sitting on a board. This is valuable experience that might be relevant to the organization. Include volunteer work, classes, and degrees.

3. Keep up with Technology – Proficient computer skills are essential in all industries. If you have been out of the workforce for more than two years you should upgrade your PC, the operating system, and educate yourself on the newest applications and technologies. Many colleges offer classes. Employers will be more inclined to hire someone who is technology proficient so time is not wasted on IT training.

4. Position your expertise – Companies hire candidates for their proven expertise what s/he can do immediately to help a company improve its profits. If you desire to use the transition to change your career you may need to start at a lower level position. It may be more prudent to enter with your strength and then explore lateral moves to other areas later.

5. Be realistic with salary and title expectations – If you have been out of the job market for more than a year you may not receive the same title, job responsibilities, or salary as someone who has not left the workplace.

Keep in mind when you interview there will be competition. Most employers prefer to hire someone from a competitor who is currently doing the exact job they are hiring for. Be flexible with your expectations after you are back in the work force your value will increase

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