Tips for Restarting Your Career

Restarting your career, whether you’ve taken time out to care for children, had a period of unemployment, or whatever, can be a daunting task, but it is possible to get through it and find an even more fulfilling career than before.

Here are some tips to help you restart your career effectively:

Start Networking

One of the first things you should do, when you’re looking to restart your career, is to start networking with friends, family, ex-coworkers, people in the community – anyone you can think of.

Why is this so important?

Because  there is such a thing as the “hidden job market.” These are jobs that have just or are about to open up, which have not yet been advertised and if you can get the jump on the competition by finding out about them first, as a result of talking to the people you know, you can improve your odds of getting hired by being better prepared.

Get Recommendations

If you know people in high places, in positions of trust, or high up in the field you plan to restart your career in, having them write you a recommendation is a great way to get your foot in the door and get that first interview.

In fact, according to research, you are twice as likely to secure an interview and roughly 40 percent more likely to get the job if you have a referral from an influential party than you are without. So, don’t be a name-dropper, but get a factual referral about your abilities from a trusted source and you’ll be well on your way to success.

Focus on Transferrable Skills

Whether you’re looking to restart your career in the same industry, but with another company, or in a completely different field than you’re used to, it makes sense to focus on the skills you have and how they can be transferred to your new role.

Skills that are easily transferable include time-management, mentoring, IT skills and the ability to problem-solve.  If you don’t have much experience in the field. Playing up these kinds of skills can be a huge help.

Get Educated

It can often be useful, when you’re restarting your career, to brush up on your qualifications so that you are completely up to date with the latest practices, and so that you can show employers that you haven’t just been sat around twiddling your thumbs. It’s never been easier to learn new skills thanks to places like Stautzenberger College who offer online programs and Udemey who even offer some free skills courses.

So, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by topping up your education.

Restarting your career after a break is not going to be a walk in the park, but it doesn’t have to be an impossible task either. Be persistent, work on making yourself as attractive as you can possibly be and talk to the people you know about new opportunities and you stand every chance of finding a fulfilling new career.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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