Returning to Work

Returning to work after a career break can be a challenging time and to help you feel more confident and prepared for your post break job hunt, Capability Jane Recruitment offers advice on how to find and apply for your perfect role through our blogs and webinars.

The key to getting the most out of your home and work life is planning ahead. With that in mind we thought we would look at the steps you will need to make your return to work as easy as possible.

Decide what role is right for you

The first thing you need to do is decide what type of role you want to look for.

Everybody’s situation is different. Whatever your situation is, it is essential that you decide the type and pattern of work that is best for you. Remember there are no right decisions, only decisions.

Think about the ideal working patterns that would work for you. Many organisations now embrace alternative ways of working and flexible and reduced hours options may well be available for you as opposed to full time.

Regardless of the working pattern, it is likely that you will be expected to be flexible to get the job done so consider whether you can meet other work commitments such as travel or attending the odd out of hours meeting or function. Be sure to work out your childcare and back up plans in advance to ensure your return to work runs smoothly.

Prepare and plan your job search

When the time is right, you are going to need an up to date CV and LinkedIn profile to help supercharge your job search.

LinkedIn can help you remain relevant within your niche, keep up to date with industry news and to network with your peers. Join groups relevant to your area of expertise and become an active member to aid your networking efforts.

Active group members can receive up to four times more profile views, so this tip could really help you to get on the radar of recruiters and employers of interest.

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Apply for roles and attend interviews

Whether at the application or the interview stage, it is vital that you do a little digging to learn about the company’s culture towards parents and flexible working. Do they already have a flexible working policy? What tools can the company offer to facilitate remote working to ensure you feel valued and part of the team?

Once the interviews start to roll in your efforts should turn to preparation. Start by researching the company and becoming familiar with the job description and person specification.

The next step is to identify specific examples to help demonstrate how your experience matches the responsibilities in the job description. The STAR technique is a helpful approach for formulating your answers.

This helps you to describe the ‘Situation’ of your example, the ‘Task’ that was required of you, show what you actually did in the ‘Activity’ and demonstrate the ‘Result’ of your efforts.

This will help to give your answers structure and ensure that it easy for your interviewer to understand and imagine you doing the same for them in the proposed role.

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