Don’t Discount Your Time Out of the Workforce as Wasted
Ciara and Aoife note that often in the back-to-work workshops they’ve held, many participants have told them they took far longer periods away from work than they had originally intended, consequently leading them to experience confidence knock backs.
As well as assessing your future career goals, Ciara and Aoife recommend taking time to reflect on the time you’ve spent away from work in a positive light:
“Look at that time that you’ve spent away from the workplace, reframe the narrative in your mind of how you spent your time. Consider what you have been doing, what skills you have developed over your time away and how you can transfer them into a workplace setting. This exercise is very good for building confidence and helping you reframe how you have been spending the time out of the traditional workplace.”
Give Yourself the Time You Need to Job Hunt
Sometimes we tend to forget that job hunting can almost feel like a full-time job in itself. Organisation and consistency are key when on the job search:
“Where people can fall down is they don’t start with a plan in mind and they’ll just give the search a couple of hours every few weeks. But you really need to try and build a bit of momentum, be checking your career values list often, be tracking your applications and so on. It takes a level of dedication.”
CVs are Important, But So is Your LinkedIn Profile
If you’ve been out of work for a few years, you may not be aware of the importance and relevance of LinkedIn to a professional seeking work. Aoife and Ciara recommend keeping both as up to date as possible during (and after) your job search has ended.
If CV/LinkedIn profile writing is not your strong suit (and there are no judgements here!) there are companies out there who will do the task for you. The idea of self-promotion is difficult for a lot of people, so if writing your CV is what’s holding you back, definitely seek these services out.