The one-track career path is becoming a thing of the past. It’s more common for people to change their careers midlife or reenter the business world after taking time off. However, both changing careers and reentering the job market can be intimidating. There are four things you can do to help make the transition back into the workforce easier. For best results, we recommend you start engaging in these activities around a year before you graduate.
Start Building (Or Rebuilding) Your Network
It’s not what you know – it’s who you know, when it comes to finding a job. If you’ve been out of the workforce for a while, reconnect with your former colleges and start feeling out the job market. You should be prepared to share your contact information when you attend a networking event, so print some business cards with your name, major, phone number and a non-school email.
Participate in Professional Activities or a Professional Association
Another way to build your professional network is to join a professional association and participate in professional activities. Professional organizations often organize luncheons, happy hours and other events that can help you build your network and catch up on latest trends in the industry. Which brings us to our next point…
Learn About the Profession
If you’ve been absent from the professional world for a while, take some time and learn about current trends and best practices. This includes research online, talking with other professionals in your network and possibly shadowing someone. Immersing yourself in the profession will help shorten the learning curve when you start your new job.
Highlights Skills and Experience
If you have large gaps in your resume, take a non-chronological approach when writing your resume. Instead of putting the focus on the dates you worked, put the focus on the skills and experience you have. This strategy also applies to answering interview questions.
Our career services center can assist you in resume writing, interview preparation and anything else you need to successfully enter (or re-enter) the job market. Contact us today for more information!