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How to find a new job after time out

Published: Tuesday 14th April 2015

Are you thinking about returning to work and finding a new job after after time out? If so, the job search can be an even more daunting prospect than for those in employment. You may have been out of the workplace because you were raising children or perhaps you had other caring responsibilities such as an elderly or sick relative who needed looking after. Or maybe you have been seriously ill yourself. Did you decide to take a career break to travel or study? Perhaps you lost your job and it’s taken a while to get back on track or wanted a career break. Whatever the reason, here at Zoek we’ve got some tips to help make your transition back into the workplace a smoother one.

Brush up those old skills for a new job after time out

Whether you’re planning to return to your old profession or are thinking about looking for an entirely new job, one thing’s for certain: if you’ve been away for a while, things will have changed. There will have been advances in technology and changes in legislation that you may not be aware of so do your research before filling in any application forms. If you don’t have relevant qualifications or need to update any that you do have, there are plenty of training schemes, college courses (both full and part-time) and online learning facilities. You may be eligible for grants or preferential loans too. And showing potential employers that you’re improving your education and training yourself will demonstrate a willing attitude and really stand you in good stead.

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Revamp your CV for a new job after time out

Look online to see how a good CV looks when searching for a new job after time out. There are lots of examples of what (and what not) to include. You can pay to have your updated CV put together too. You’ll have to attach CVs to application forms electronically in a lot of cases so it’s best to create both a Word document and a PDF (portable document format) so that they can be easily opened and read. Don’t worry about gaps in your employment history; simply be honest and include the skills you have learned during your time away from the traditional workforce. Running a home and dealing with several small children has taught you how to multi-task and improved your time management skills, for example.

Build up an online profile

Prospective employers are likely to check any social media accounts you may have so make sure there’s nothing embarrassing on your Facebook page! Joining LinkedIn or Twitter or even starting a blog are great ways to establish a positive online presence if you’re on the lookout for a new job after time out.

Try a variety of job search tactics

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These days, job seekers are looking online for positions much more than via traditional media and recruiters and employers are posting online too so sign up to receive early alerts on the best jobs. Word of mouth and keeping in contact with former colleagues can also bear fruit as can attending any relevant networking events.

Practise your interview technique

Try to have a mock interview with a friend and make a list of all those tricky interview questions and answers that will come up time and again. Think about how you will go about researching firms and even what you’ll wear and you’ll be slightly less nervous when it’s time to impress.

Look at new types of jobs and different locations

If you widen your search criteria you could find yourself happily doing a job that had never occurred to you before. Volunteering in different fields while looking for work always looks good on your CV too. 

If you decide the time is right to start looking for a new job after time out, why not download the free Zoek App to let your new job find you. The app for smarter job search can be downloaded on IOS or Android.

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