It’s okay to take time off for a while, especially when you have more important priorities. Perhaps you have taken care of a family member, dealt with a layoff or raised your children. After an extended period of time, many reach a point when they are ready to go back to work.
However, some may find this difficult. They may find themselves off track. Here are some tips to consider once you’re ready to go back to your previous career or start a new one:
Update your info. If you have been out of work for quite some time, make sure to update your resume. Don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile and other social network profiles as well. If you volunteered while out of work, feel free to include those experiences in your resume.
Do your online research. Perhaps you feel like you have been out of touch with your industry during your absence. You can bridge the gap by reading online articles about your industry and field. They can help you get connected and gain more knowledge.
Take online classes. You can take online classes at home to help you learn more skills that will benefit the advancement of your career. Believe it or not, there are lots of free online courses you can sign up for and progress on your own time. Some paid courses start at less than $100.
Socialize. You can go to industry networking or social events to help you rebuild your network. You can search for online local chambers of commerce, rotary clubs and other organizations. You never know when a new contact can come in handy.
Reach out to your old colleagues. It may have been years since you last spoke to them, but don’t be afraid to reach out. Some of your colleagues may be able to help you find a better opportunity now that you’re back in the game.