Re-entering the workforce after an absence of years poses special challenges. Time off for raising children or traveling the world means taking a fresh look at your employment needs and how to find a good position.
What you need
Consider your needs carefully. The hours you work, the childcare you require, and the environment you desire may be as important as salary. The older you are, the less time you have to spend in an unsatisfying position.
What you know
Relevant technology is sure to have evolved. Brush up on any skills that are behind the curve. Find out everything you can about the current state of your industry by reading trade journals and conversing with people. Invest in any education you need to reach your goal.
Who you know
A network of good people within your industry is important. If you haven't kept in touch, re-establish old relationships gracefully. Form new relationships with people who share your skills, interests, and ambitions.
Online sites like LinkedIn provide platforms for networking. Contract work found through services, like UpWork, can lead to permanent positions. Charitable organizations are the pet projects of many powerful people. Join in if you have a genuine interest and desire to help–volunteering is a time-honored road to employment.
Who you are
A worker with a proven track record is less of a risk than a young graduate.
Stability, experience and well-developed people skills, combined with imagination, flexibility and a team spirit, will override the disadvantage of time away.
Present yourself with confidence, both in your resume and in person. Instead of leaving blank years in your resume, fill them in with the skills you acquired during your period of non-employment.
A healthy, enthusiastic and well-groomed candidate has a decided edge.