Been out of the workforce for a while and don’t know how to fit into the new workforce environment? You have come to the right place for help! If you haven’t worked for several years, getting a job can be the most intimidating and frightening thought. Don’t worry, we all experience it so good on you for taking a step in the right direction! There are 5 simple steps to get your work mojo back.
1. Update Your SkillsThere are several things you can do to update your professional skills. They are:
- Take a class or specific related training.
- Research your chosen field.
- Volunteer or intern. Even though it sucks not being paid, it’s a great way to gain experience and knowledge of the work environment
- Attend a conference or event related to your field or company you are seeking to be with. This is a great way to get to know the current news and trends of your chosen industry.
- Access free tutorials
2. Seek AdviceSeek help from family or friends. Ask questions about the work environment and find out the changes that have occurred since you were last employed. An alternative is to contact a career advisor or recruitment agency, to get a realistic picture of your future outcomes and expectations. Also use your contacts to get constructive criticism on your resume and interview skills. Even though it can be awkward to get feedback, it will benefit you when applying for jobs.
3. Organise Your ResumeBe prepared for all questions. The aim is to be strategic, while honest. This means:
- State in your cover letter why you’ve been out of the workforce for a period of time
- List most impressive experiences first, rather than most recent. Attention should go towards successes rather than dates. Weaknesses should not be explored.
4. NetworkThere are a few ways that you can create relationships prior to restarting your career. These include:
- Joining LinkedIn
- Following industry related social media pages
- Join an organisation/group related to your chosen industry.
- Attend networking events
- Get in touch with past contacts such as previous colleagues and bosses.