2021, the year of your career comeback. You’ve made the mental note, and now you’ve started to look for jobs relevant to your skills and work experience. Many looking to return to work after a break are not sure where to start. Should they tell people that are looking for work, or should they start with their outdated resume? Should they take up an online course? A myriad of questions crop up one after the other, a sort of a domino effect. But before you do anything, you need to first take a step back and ask yourself some of the most important questions about your returning to work. Only you can answer these questions, so take the time for a deep dive into your mind and heart.
Why have you decided to return to work?
The most important question that you need to ask yourself and the one that you will be asked at every interview your give. You need to know the ‘whys’ behind your career comeback. What is your goal, mission, intention, and what do you hope to achieve as you take on your career again?
What sort of work ethics are important to you?
The values of your workplace need to match with yours, and therefore, you need to think of your negotiables and non-negotiables. Whether it’s social causes, diversity & inclusion, teamwork, salary, etc. If it helps make a list of all the things you can live with about a company and the things that are a must-have.
Which of your skills will enrich a prospective organization?
Know your strengths and use them to your advantage when applying for jobs. You must know what skills you can bring to the table to better the workplace you hope to be a part of. Hence, don’t fail to be in sync with your industry so that you are always on top of your learning game. You can also take it up a notch by completing an online course or getting certified or even recertified.
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