Getting back into the workforce after 1/3/5 or 10 years raising children, taking care of a loved one, or doing some extended travel, can be a daunting idea for many. This is something I often help professionals with, as well as tackling their many questions
In this months blog, I want to share four great tips to get you on your way to your next interview and job offer, even if you have not been in the work environment for 8+ years!
There IS a great company that will want to hire you. In fact, you may already know or be connected indirectly to your next employer!
No 1. Networking is one of the tops ways to land your next job!
We do a deep dive into the power of leveraging your next work in the 'How to Get Hired' 1:1 coaching program! IT WORKS! Just this month alone two of my Coaching Clients landed job offers from their networking efforts!! Whoop, Whoop!
No2. Highlight the professional experience and the value you can offer first, then explain your absence.
As you develop your resume, begin with a great Professional Summary, i.e., a 5-7 line overview of your professional experience, highlighting your functional area of expertise, years of experience, industries and environments you've worked in as well as cross-functional partners, etc. all the while referencing the value you can offer.
Pro Tip - Use the job description as a guide.
Where to explain your absence from the workforce?
Under the ‘Professional Experience’ section develop 3-4 lines in italics that explain your absence from the workplace. Make it personal, fun, or humorous when possible
‘Over the last 10 years, I was able to take time away from the workplace to raise my 3 children. Now that they are all at school and able to make their lunch, breakfast & dinner, do their own laundry and clean up after themselves (Ha, Ha! Only kidding I wish!), I can jump back into the professional world. Looking forward to sharing my 8-years of experience as a Product Marketing Manager with a hi-growth B2B organization.’
No 3. Interviewing is all about practice and preparation. You can typically prepare and anticipate 85% of interview questions.
Pro Tip: Use the job description as a guide to help you figure out what questions you'll be asked.
No 4. Update your LinkedIn Profile using your resume as the foundation, so you can be found by hiring leaders and recruiters.
Pro Tip: Use your resume as the foundations, but only share give 50-60% of what you noted under each role held! Did you know that 89% of recruiters make hires through reaching out to professional on LinkedIn, let that next hire be you!
As you can see, there are several effective ways to position yourself as a top candidate as you look to reenter the workforce, land the interviews you want and get Hired! I coach on all the above in the How To Get Hired 1:1 Coaching program. If you need more guidance, partnership, and direction, let’s connect today!
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