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Making a career break work for you

Whether it’s intentional or involuntary, taking a career break can be a game-changer for you in the long run. An extended job hiatus can give you fresh perspective, providing you with the opportunity to improve skills, focus on your health, and even invest time in a passion project or charity.

In a world full of uncertainties, job loss or an unsteady income might be the last thing you want to worry about. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember a career break can leave you better off in the end.

As long as you strategically explain your career break in your application, you’ll most likely be more desirable to employers when you rejoin the workforce.

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A mid-career break doesn’t have to detract from your career development or financial goals. No matter what the circumstances of your break are, you can grow on a personal and professional level. Approach the break as a chance to realign with your values and what you want in life.

Also, take the opportunity to reevaluate your desired work-life balance. Would you be happier with a more flexible, part-time position when you initially return to work?

Be honest with yourself and keep your options open. In the following graphic, LiveCareer illustrates some of the ways you can make the most of a career break.