So, you’ve been away from a regular job for a long time. Maybe you’ve raised your family and find your days long and boring. Maybe you’ve spent the past few years caring for an elderly parent or family member. Regardless for the reason, here’s a few suggestions to make your transition smoother.
1. Polish Your Resume
The first thing anyone will see if your resume, usually before they see you. It has to be well written, up-to-date and concise. You can pay someone to do it at a job centre, or just use a template you can find online or even included as an application on your computer. Highlight your skills, not your absence from the work place. If you are not looking in one particular field, you may want to make up several different resumes, each as a showcase for the particular skills you have for each particular job you are looking for. People are expected to ‘bump’ the truth or exaggerate their skills and background, which is fine, but don’t lie. Telling a potential employer you can do something when you can’t can cost you the job. Instead, if you think it will be important, tell them you are willing to learn. It’s perfectly acceptable to turn your skills away from the workplace in to current skills. If you raised a family to can transfer those skills, budgeting, volunteering at your kid’s school, organisation skills, patience, all assets . Also, don’t get too hung up on the style of resume, just keep it simple, honest, easy to read and be sure it’s highlighting all your skills.