If you have taken a short or a long absence from work, sometimes jumping back into the routine of weekly salaries and clocking hours can be overwhelming. In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to work, but odds are that your budget is too tight to simply quit working altogether and stay at home. If you are looking for the skills that are required to re-enter the workforce after a break, this article will serve as a reference for helping you to make the most out of your life.
As you have probably already learned, there is a strict difference between your personal life and a professional life. The relationships in your personal life exist because they love and care about you. However, the relationships in your professional life more often than not exist solely because you have skills which are useful, and that they need you around so that somebody else (sometimes including yourself) can benefit.
As a result, it can be difficult to go back to living a lifestyle where who you are as a person matters less than the outcomes you can produce for the company you work for. This is one of the dilemmas which commonly draws people out of the workforce.
However, if you need the extra pounds and are willing to sacrifice your time now in return for a better life in the future, you need to learn about how the workforce has evolved to where it is today. Some of the workforce skills necessary today might not have been prevalent when you left.
The Ability to Narrow Down Your Career Options
Everybody can go to a local supermarket and ask if they have any job openings, but many people don’t want to work jobs that they already slaved away doing when they were teenagers. On the contrary, you will likely want to work in a field that you actually care about (even if it is just a little bit). However, everybody knows that the world isn’t perfect. You might not get your top option or even a job that is in your top 5.
This is why it is important that you keep an open mind about your new career options. However, you should also have realistic expectations. If you have no experience with medicine you will probably not get a job as a nurse unless you gather the credentials through schooling. It is also important that you have realistic expectations about which companies might choose to hire you. This will save you a headache when it’s time to narrow down your new career choices.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This means that you need to be aware of the fact that you will likely not get exactly what you want. Having an open mind is part of what will guarantee that you secure employment. However, you probably don’t want to work at the first job offered to you, and will instead want to have a say in the field which you will work in.
Before even beginning to think about sending in job applications and brushing up your CV, start by spending a great deal of time thinking about what kind of job you want, who you will work for, what kind of work you will be accomplishing, and so on. Perhaps you have a passion for animals and can find a job working for a dog grooming company. Maybe you want to sit behind a desk and work as an assistant. In any case, have a clear range of potential job choices.
Knowledge of Yourself
In order to put together an effective CV, it is necessary that you know a thing or two about yourself. This isn’t regarding things like how old you are, where you live and so on. If you haven’t already, start thinking about the skills you have which really set you apart from your competition. Imagine the CV that you are updating to be in competition with 100 others at any given time. What makes you think that your CV will stand out?
This is what you need to think about before you update your CV and other relevant documents. Most employers will want to have a cover letter as well as a CV. Remember that these documents are where you present who you are and why you will be an asset to the company you are applying to. If you simply put basic information on there without giving enough thought on what makes you stand out, you are wasting your time.
Perhaps you went to University and got a degree in history. An employer might look at this and see it as a useless degree unless you carefully think about how this qualification affected who you are. For example, someone with a history degree has a heightened sense of appreciation for global cultures, is able to dive through various different accounts of information to reach a conclusion, and many other possibilities. Whatever your field of study is, whether it be academic or personal, put this on your CV in an eloquent manner.
Of course, there are many different possibilities in this area. Somebody who dropped out of high school will likely have a better view of how the world really works and could write that they have a “pragmatic worldview”, for example. Whatever skill you have that you know the common person might not have, make sure to describe it in a beautiful manner. Potential employers love when you know who you are, why are you are applying to work for them and so on.
The Ability to Network and Find Friends with Friends
During your job search, it can be difficult to find the right job for your personal needs if you aren’t making full use of the resources you already have at your fingertips. Often, it is possible that a friend of yours runs a business that is looking for a new employee. Friends can be the best employers possible since they already know who you are and what your personal needs are.
Even if you don’t have a friend with a vacancy, odds are that somebody that you know will know somebody else who is looking for a great employee like yourself. However, if you are not proactive enough to use the resources that you already have, it could mean the difference between a decent-paying job with somebody that you trust and a low-end job with a boss that you don’t get on with.
If you think that there is even a slim possibility that you have a friend who is hiring, or that you know somebody who knows another person who is hiring, you might as well put your network of friends on notice that you are job hunting. In school, students who don’t raise their hand and ask for help won’t receive any. The same sort of logic applies when you are looking for a job. If you don’t ask for help from those who have the capability to help, you won’t receive any.
If you are on social media, send out an update to your network of friends that you are looking for a job. Send out a massive text message to all of your contacts. As long as you don’t make this a daily routine, people will recognise that you genuinely need help and won’t be annoyed by your message or update. Many people will miss out on what is perhaps their best job opportunity simply because they don’t ask for help. Don’t be one of these people.
The Confidence to Present Yourself as Necessary
Most people in the world are not egotistical narcissists who believe that they are better than everybody else. On the contrary, most people recognise that they are not the smartest person, the best-looking, the most important and so on. Although it is healthy to have a pragmatic view of yourself, it is important that you are willing to talk highly about yourself when trying to get a job.
Many people don’t like to talk about themselves because they are humble and enjoy coming off to others this way. However, remember that there is a large difference between your personal life and your professional life. As nice as it would be to act the same way in both of these areas of life, the odds are that you might not be able to do this without it negatively damaging your chances at success.
For example, an extremely modest person might answer an interview question like “Why should we hire you over the many other options?” different to somebody who has the confidence to present themselves as they should. Instead of saying an extremely humble statement like “Although I may not be the best option you have, I hope you will choose me”, try something more along the lines of “I am the hardest worker you will have and I know how to succeed in this industry by (fill in relevant niche-related skills in here)”.
In any case, instead of being humble, like you really are, don’t be afraid to flex your ego just a tad. Whether this is in your cover letter, CV or in the interview. Once you get the job and are well-known and established, they will respect your humility much more than they would have in the interview. When this time comes, just be sure to keep any promises you made in the interview and your charm and humility will keep you employed for as long as necessary.
The Work Ethic to Market Yourself Properly
Once you have narrowed down your potential jobs into a handful of select options, it is now time to begin thinking about how you will market yourself when the phone finally rings and you have an opportunity for an interview. Odds are that the sooner you receive a phone call from a potential employer the better. As a result, you need to begin thinking about how to market yourself before this day comes.
Being able to market yourself for a job is not something that is all that difficult once you put in the effort. However, if you are taking a break from the workforce, you are probably way behind on being able to do this than someone who is simply switching from another job. This requires a careful look at your skills, CV, potential cover letters and having the ability to efficiently display who you are to potential employers without spending too much time submitting applications.
If you are careful to spend a lot of time thinking about any skills that you gained since you left the workforce, whether or not your CV can be touched up and added on to, and setting up a template cover letter to potential employers in certain niches, you can save yourself a lot of time working on individual applications and start gearing up for interviews. Updating your CV and preparing a template for cover letters is a very easy task which can be finished within a couple hours if you have already done this in the past.
One thing to keep in mind is that when the interviews do come, you will immediately have a good or bad feeling about the place you are applying to. If things go very smoothly, you might even be offered a position on the spot. However, remember that you have carefully narrowed down your options to a handful of potential jobs. Don’t be afraid to tell your potential employer that you need a few days to decide whether or not you will take the position. They will understand.
Proper Rhetoric to Explain Why You Left the Workforce
When a potential employer looks at your CV, the first thing they will be likely to notice is that you took a break from work. Although this can be a devastating blow with an employer who wants someone to stick around for a long-term commitment, there are a variety of ways to deal with this tricky situation. In any circumstance, do not wait until the last minute to try to explain why you took a break from the workforce. Remember that employers love people who are relentlessly hard workers.
The best thing to do in this case is to be honest. If you took a break from the workforce because you had a child, tell your employer the truth. Childbirth is just one of the many different extenuating reasons why employers will see a gap in your work experience as a positive thing.
If you are more worried about how your potential employer will respond to who you genuinely are and feel a need to cover up facts about yourself, then perhaps you haven’t chosen the right field to work in. There is no reason why you shouldn’t feel a need to be honest about yourself and your authentic self.
If you decide to lie and get the position, remember that first impressions are something that people really remember about you. Anybody who realises that somebody lied to them soon after meeting them, even if it’s years down the road, can be very detrimental towards your relationship. This is why it is highly recommended that no matter what your excuse is for leaving the workforce (good or bad), just be honest about it. Most people love when other people are not afraid to be real and will even respect them more as a result.
The workforce is the bane of many people’s existence because they have to leave behind a life of peaceful solitude to go into the politics of a corporate lifestyle where every second matters. In addition to the need for always keeping your head cool from anger after your boss tears apart work that you have spent weeks accomplishing, colleagues telling you that you need to adjust how you are completing a task, and the whirlwind of other potential irritants, mental toughness is a necessity.
Imagine having 10 different things to do with only time to finish five. This is a typical dilemma in the workforce, where even proper efficiency doesn’t mean that you will end your day feeling accomplished. On the contrary, it is likely that even when you do finish those initial 10 things, you will then have 20 additional tasks added to your plate. This is why remaining calm in the face of adversity and stress is necessary if you wish to succeed in the workforce.
Often, many people can have their day ruined simply by a nasty comment that their boss gives them to critique their work, and then take that negative energy back home. In these cases, the angry worker goes home and carries the bad mood that was produced at work, creating further bad moods at home when your family has to answer to the issue that spawned from work.
This is another reason why it is important to be mentally tough and not take work drama and critiques too seriously. Odds are that at your job, your employer will always build your tasks up to be as necessary as ensuring the survival of the world itself. In reality, most tasks that you need to finish in the workforce are miniscule and not that important towards your job security and personal happiness at all.
The Ability to Say No and Stand Up for Yourself Strategically
Being able to stand up for yourself has multiple benefits as you are re-entering the workforce. As you probably recall, there are many employers and co-workers who will take advantage of your kind heart and have you do work that is outside of your responsibility and/or job description. It is important that you learn how and when to say no, both in your job selection process and while working on the job itself.
When you finally get interviews, you will inevitably be offered a position of some sort that barely satisfies your needs. If you have debt and a strong work ethic, it is easy to say yes to the first offer you receive. However, it is important to remember that many employers will offer a low-ball offer on the spot to see if you are desperate enough to accept the money.
Keep in mind that although it can be tempting to accept a job offer on the spot, you need to think about your future. Spur of the moment decisions in which the options are not carefully considered can be detrimental towards your future. In all reality, waiting a week or so can make a difference between a job that barely satisfies your needs and one where your needs are exceedingly satisfied.
In any case, wait around for the right offer and don’t be afraid to barter for the salary you need. In addition, when you finally do accept the right job, start to become fluent on what responsibilities are yours. This way you don’t become the new victim of more established employees having you do work that isn’t your responsibility.
In these circumstances, you need to have the confidence to say no and stand up for yourself so that you don’t begin to be taken advantage of. A good boss will protect you when this starts to happen and never do this in the first place. However, if your boss is one of the facilitators of this problem, being able to say no and stand up for yourself will come in handy.
Communication and Rhetorical Skills
It is important that you are able to defend yourself from being taken advantage of as much as it is important that you are able to make yourself shine when the moment matters the most. Perhaps you are having a big meeting with your boss and colleagues and the spotlight of the meeting is soon placed on you to give a data-based analysis of your work over the past two weeks. This is the moment where it is crucial that you have the rhetorical and communication skills to boost your image.
Learning how to make a beautiful explanation and story for things which you might even consider miniscule is an important facet of ensuring your future job security. Remember that in professional meetings, employers will listen to what you are saying while thinking about how good (or bad) of an asset you are to the corporation. If you shine during these moments, you have nothing to worry about.
A thing to keep in mind if you struggle with communication and rhetorical skills is that it is not what you say, but how you say it. You can have the best explanation in the world why the sales are down in your department, but if you don’t illustrate your passion and enthusiasm for your work, it will show while you are presenting your information. Avoid speaking the words that you expect your employer wants to hear unless you have the underlying rhetorical power to get your point across eloquently.
Communication skills will also come in handy when you are dealing with customers, clients and colleagues. Even if you have to fake your true feelings and put on your best Hollywood impression of a passionate worker for the time you need the job, do it. Just be sure to know what you are saying and how to back up your work when the time comes for you to present on your worthiness as an employee.
Love and Patience to Ensure Continued Support from Your Family
Family is one of the most important things in life. Money may come and go, but no matter how much money you make, you won’t be happy unless you have the love and support from those who mean the world to you. This is why it is important to not be blinded by the commitment of your new job and instead realise that your family matters the most.
Whenever you are job hunting, the needs of your family need to be considered as a higher priority than all other factors. In the end, if your family is not happy with your work, you won’t be either. This is why it is important that you don’t accept a job in the spur of the moment without discovering what your family feels about the new opportunity. You can have the highest paying job in the world, but it means nothing if it comes at the cost of losing out on time with your kids and soul mate.
Of course, as long as you choose to work in an industry widely considered to be beneficial, moral and economically (and environmentally) sustainable, it will be difficult for your family not to support your employment decision. Just keep in mind the time commitment and location of the work. Make sure you have plenty of free time so that you can see your family on a consistent basis.
If you love your family enough and are patient to wait for the right opportunity that suits both you and your family’s needs, finding the right career will come in no time. However, do not lose sight of the fact that no amount of money will replace the love and support you need from your family. Be sure to choose a job selflessly, being sure to include the opinion of others before you sign an employment contract.
A Clear Vision for your Future
Many people in the workforce walk around like a bunch of zombies waiting for their next salary so that they can spend it all on useless items and then go back to work again, waiting for the next salary. This lifestyle of living payslip-to-payslip is very detrimental towards helping you accomplish your goals. Accordingly, you will spend more years working if you live this kind of lifestyle.
Sure, you will likely want to re-enter the workforce so that you can start making money and supporting yourself again, but the odds are that you also don’t want to be locked into the workforce for the rest of your life. This means that you need to be focused on what it is that you truly want for the future. Odds are, the money will have a role in helping you accomplish your dreams.
Perhaps you want to buy a new home, take a trip around the world, set aside money for retirement, send your children to college, and so on. In any case, it is important that you know why you are entering the workforce, keeping in mind the future goals you want to accomplish by doing this. That way you will be focused on saving what you need for your dreams and paying your living expenses without worrying about going broke in the meantime.
If you are careful to always be budgeting your expenses, saving as much as you can and keeping the reason why you are working clear, you will lessen the amount of time that you need at your new job. Even if you have the “best job in the world”, and are happy while you are at work, you don’t want to commit to a lifetime of reckless spending and lack of a vision for your future. Even if you only save a little bit of your salary, it will add up and help give you the future freedom you are looking for.
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