Career break is very common in today’s professional lives. There are many reasons when a professional woman takes a break: maybe for marriage or pregnancy and motherhood, maybe for a better career jump or to take up higher studies or for family obligations and so on. Whatever maybe the reasons, it becomes difficult to restart a career all over again, unless and until it is a maternity break and you join back your previous office. But what about those women who take a break for a longer period of time, getting out of touch with work, work hours and office environment? While many women prefer to have a second career, they are in dilemma as to how to go about it. And this time they want ‘convenient’ working hours, better work-life balance, better career options and support systems.
The following article will give you some tips on how to start your second career.
DECIDE: The first essential tip is to DECIDE whether you really want to restart your career or not. This is not something that you have to be forced upon. This is something that should come from within. Your inner-self should bring you the urge to work again. You should be mentally and physically prepared to start all over again.
WHAT TO DO NEXT: The next big question is what to do? Are you willing to continue with the same work profile or you want some change? Do you want work as a regular employee from 9 to 6 or you want to work-from-home? Do you want part-time jobs, flexi jobs or permanent jobs? You have to decide on these factors before starting on your second career.
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REVIEW & RESEARCH: Check out the trends in the job market. Research thoroughly. Since you are on a career break, there are many changes that have taken place in the job market. Know your skills and see what opportunities are available. There will be always a still competition for career re-starters.
UPGRADE YOUR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: This is very essential. Identify your skill gap. The more you upgrade your skill, the better it is for you to restart your career. This can be an additional qualification or learning a new software skill or digital marketing or up-gradation of your previous skill.
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UPDATE YOUR RESUME: Once you have up-graded your skill and you are 100% sure of working once again, update your resume now. Add your new skills. If possible, get your resume rewritten by a professional resume writer. Create your job profile and upload the new resume in various job portals. Now search for job opportunities to suit your qualifications, experience and skills.
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NETWORKING: Get in touch with your ex-colleagues and ask them to help you out. Networking is very essential in today’s age. It is always better to connect and reconnect.
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE INTERVIEW: Now that you have started applying for jobs, you can expect interview calls. Be prepared for the interview. Be confident while facing the interview board. Make sure you can very well speak about the new learnings and skills taken during your break.
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