After a few years at home, you’ve decided to head back to work. What is the best way to get back into the game? Sadly, you may apply for a job and hear from the interviewer,
“Well, you’ve been out of the workforce for a while…”
How do you handle this type of obstacle?
A recent Today Show report interviewed moms who want to go back to work, click here to see their challenges. First, step back and start by asking yourself what you want to get from your new career.
- What are you willing to give and give up?
- What are your career priorities or goals you want to accomplish?
- What type of role best suits your career goals?
- What type of company culture are you looking for?
Once you know the answers to these questions, you are ready to do extensive research on companies that would meet your needs. Then, develop a resume that highlights your skills, accomplishments and most importantly, how the company can benefit from hiring you.
When it’s time for the interview, think of the employment gap question as, “Why should we hire you?” Tell the interviewer what you are looking for.
For example, “I’m looking for a long-term position where I can contribute to the efficiency of your accounting department.” Reiterate why you are qualified for this role with examples from previous positions or projects you tackled while at home. If the interviewer still has reservations, don’t get discouraged. Cross that company off your list and move on to the next.