5 steps to get back to work after a sabbatical

Time off from work can be difficult to bridge, especially if it’s been a few years. Maybe you left work to become a mom, raise children, get a degree or care for family. You might find yourself in a situation where your skills are outdated, your dreams have changed, and your colleagues have moved on. Returning back to work as a mother, caregiver might seem intimidating, but if you plan your moves and work towards a goal, you are sure to succeed.

Here are 5 ways to help you get back on your feet:

1. Assess your skills

Think through past work experience to assess what tools and skills you one had, and determine if they are valid for the current job market. You may find that things have changed. List those skills you need to acquire. You could also include skills you picked up during your break, such as multitasking and problem-solving abilities on your resume.

2. Acquiring skills

Once you’ve outlined what skills you need, diligently work towards acquiring them. Sign up for a course or a study group. Wield Google as a weapon to get the best resources you can find. You might find yourself at hurdles where some problems are frustratingly hard to solve. Now is not the time to give up. If you find yourself at the start of a whole new career, research what the industry wants and talk to people in the field. If you need a degree, work towards getting one. If these seem difficult with kids around the house, you could rent an office space from one of many facilities available in Chennai. WSquare, for example offers high-speed internet, Thooli’s creche service so that your kids are taken care of while you work, and peaceful ambiance to get your work done.

3. Network

It is important that you keep in touch with colleagues from past work. Networking and maintaining professional contacts is key to building a successful career. Letting them know when you finally begin looking for a job is a good way to discover open positions. Attend workshops and events that support mothers who want to come back to work to establish connections, discover opportunities, and find out how other mothers are rebuilding their careers.

3. Establish an online presence

Groom your LinkedIn and Indeed profiles to get noticed. Fill in About sections on portals with relevant information such as the field you want to work in, and skills you have. If possible, pay for their premium services to get employers to notice you. Get a professional photograph taken and post it on profiles to gain more attention online.

4. Update your resume

Prepare a standard set of questions that potential employers might ask so that you are better prepared on calls. This includes a history of your work, skills and information on the potential employer and the position, and the salary you expect. Make sure to draft and proofread unique cover letters to employers, if they need one. Tweak your resume according to the employer, and make copies of them to hand out at events.

Going back to work might not be an easy task, but with consistency, the right tools of which plenty are available, and a congenial work space, you’ll be back in no time. WSqaure is one such women-centric rental office space in Adyar where you can rent a desk in a comfortable office space with internet, as well as creche services to take care of your children. Thooli has partnered with WSquare to offer these creche services.

Find out more at http://wsquare.work/. Look out for pro-women events and workshops where you can discover growth opportunities, or call 8939337210 / 9790911907.

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