Returning to work after a prolonged break can be a daunting undertaking.
Having worked in recruitment for more than 20 yeas, there are three, all too common mistakes made by candidates returning to the workplace.
So, I’ve listed the 3 main banana skins and 3 concrete steps you can use to overcome them. Download them here or read on.
My advice is to first pick a spot. Phrases like “I’m open to anything”, “I’m not sure what I want” and “I’m just looking to get back on the ladder” won’t fill your prospective employer with confidence in you and you’ll be beaten almost every time by candidates who know what they want.
Focus in and get clear on one or two sectors that you would like to work in or one or two roles that you think you could add value to. If you are struggling to narrow it down, start backwards and eliminate the sectors and roles that definitely do not appeal to you. By focusing, you’ll be able to put together a clearer action plan, maximising your chances of hitting the mark with a tailored CV and application. Focus also allows you to research and develop a stronger knowledge of that area. With research and knowledge flows confidence in your subject matter and a better interview performance.
Finally, when attending an interview all of the above will show the interviewer that you want THEIR job vs wanting A job, which is the difference that makes the difference.
You have sent off dozens of CVs and applications and received no reply. When you have received a response you’ve been told the role is ‘on hold’, has ‘been filled internally’, or ‘the position has now changed’ etc. etc. Perhaps you have been to interviews and received no feedback whatsoever.
When you have time on your hands your brain goes into overdrive and you can get angry, disappointed or frustrated, none of which are productive feelings if you let them under your skin when seeking a job. Thoughts like, ‘what’s wrong with me’ or ‘maybe I’m not employable anymore’ come into your head.
So, what should you do in these situations?
Without knowing it, all of the above can contribute to you devolving away from your ‘best interview’ self. So, be prepared for no feedback and other setbacks by being mindful of how you react. You can control your reaction!
You’ve sent off some emails. Left a couple of voicemails. Put feelers out with recruitment agencies, maybe even met with one or two of them. Yet you still have no job. What more could you possibly do?
Could there be a smarter way to approach this? Simply answered, yes – there are 3 concrete steps you can take:
Identify what’s stopping YOU from getting that great job. Everyone is different so your obstacle will not be the same as everyone else’s. So discovering the REAL issue significantly increases your chances. To do this, start with good questions:
Finally, don’t give up and stay positive.
Wishing you every success in your search
Always my best regards