Reentering the workforce can be challenging, even for those who once held a seat at the leadership table. With such vast competition in today’s job market, it’s imperative to be ready to strike when that perfect opportunity hits your radar. Proactively prepare to reenter with these strategic items you’ll need to act on.
- Stay up-to-date. Join online forums, participate in webinars and read up on industry trends to be well informed and to keep your toe in the professional waters. Also, keep your LinkedIn profile current (or build one if you haven’t already) and active with posts and commentary. It’s the first place most people look to find out about someone professionally.
- Save your resume and cover letters as PDF files to have your credentials ready to either print or email on the spot. Take it one step further by storing those documents in “the cloud.” There are plenty of free places to store documents online, like Google Docs, so that you can access them anytime and anywhere.
- Make sure you have an updated list of references, preferably managers, for each position you’ve held in the past 10 years. Give them a heads up that they may be contacted during your job search – it’s a professional curtsey and reminder of your work ethic, should a potential employer call.
- Use a professionally named personal email address during your search. Using your current work email address shows lack of discretion to employers. And that email address from college – “firstname.lastname@example.org” – isn’t cute or professional.
- Send thank-you notes immediately following an interview. Depending on the situation, determine whether an email or handwritten note is sufficient. The bottom line is that any display of appreciation shows your genuine desire for a position and gratitude for granting you an opportunity to discuss it.
Time is of the essence, and making a career comeback involves strategy. To learn more about career reentry, join expert Gail Parsons as she presents “Ready Set Go, a Game Plan for Relaunching Your Career” on April 1 at 1 p.m. on Mom Corps YOU, an interactive content resource featuring experts and best practices on career development and personal growth.
Allison is the founder/CEO of Mom Corps, a national talent acquisition and career development firm with a focus on flexibility. Learn more at MomCorps.com or connect with her on Twitter @AllisonOKelly and @MomCorps.
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