Looking for a job whilst putting your career break behind you can be a challenge and to make matters worse, the current economic downturn is not exactly helping the entire situation. However, it does not mean that this is the end of the line for your career, with some practical tricks of the trade, you too can make a successful transition even in these uncertain times.
Don’t become obsessed with job titles
Your prime focus should be getting a foot in the door and even if you are being offered a different title or role than what you anticipated, know that you can always work your way around it and work your way up the ranks, of course. The most successful “relaunchers” made sure that they did not focus too much on the title of the job, but rather how they could use their potential role to get where they want to.
Practice your answers until their roll off your tongue
Your answers to “why did you take a career break?” “What did you do during your break?” “Why do you think you are qualified for this role?” “Why should we hire you?” and the like, should always be ready. In this age of Zoom interviews, a lot can be conveyed over a webcam, and hence, you need to be ready and confident to share your answers and thoughts at the drop of a hat. The only way to stay on top of your game is to practice them every day, aloud, and preferably in front of your camera phone. You can always play it back to yourself and get a friend or a family member to give you honest feedback.
Make your job search public & squad-like
Put yourself out there, let people know that you are looking for a job, whether it means in person or on LinkedIn. Although, you might be hearing many say that this isn’t a great time to be job hunting, keep going. Moreover, find women who are on a break like you and create a group, so that you can encourage and look out for one another too. Don’t underestimate the power of a squad, social media is your best bet here.
Yes, this pandemic is a tough time for the economy, however, it’s not going to last forever. So, know that things take time to happen, so even though you might not get your dream job, you will get there eventually. Success is not a miracle drug or a magic mantra that takes place overnight.
Never admit defeat
More importantly, don’t give up and resist the naysayers, you will get there if you keep at it. Believe in yourself and be equipped with the right professional tools to propel you to your career comeback.
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