Re-launching career

You left the job either to take care of your family, travel abroad or improve your skills. Now you are ready to return to work. It may be challenging to get reemployment. Without recent experience, you may wonder whether you get any response from employers. Chances of getting job offers seem to be remote.

To get a suitable job may be challenging, but it is not impossible. If you have the right mindset, thorough preparation and right contacts, it is not impossible for you to get a job again. Here are some tips for re-launching your career.

Evaluate your skills: Look for opportunities appealing to you. See whether you have right skills set to handle the job. You may find you need additional education or training to market yourself. Don't hesitate to get the needed training or go for additional education and you will definitely land the job you want. Updating your skills boosts your confidence and helps you compete with other job seekers.

Craft a credible resume: A resume makes a deal or breaks it. It decides whether you should get a call from potential employer, so be sure your write-up presents your strengths with a proper perspective. The resume should focus on abilities not on chronology. Take care not to hide work gaps. While highlighting your accomplishments, you should document where and when you achieved them. Include all the voluntary or freelance work you had undertaken. Also make it a point to mention about any conferences you had attended.

Marketing efforts:
When you are confident of your skill set, begin your marketing effort. Tell your former colleagues and friends that you are looking for a job. Also meet people, attend trade shows or create your own networking opportunities. Don't forget to tell whoever you meet that you are on job hunt. Don't be shy of telling people you are in search of a job. One of the effective ways of self-marketing is to forward articles of interest to colleagues and professionals in your field.

Broaden your job hunt: While you are on the lookout for a full-time job, consider accepting a consulting job or a project. While this gives you an opportunity to return to work smoothly, it helps you get into companies you like to work with. Take assistance from a staffing firm that can suggest openings suiting your talent and preferences.

Build a support group: Many are on the lookout for jobs and they may have done extended job searches. Such people may include your friends and some family members. Talk to them and you may find not only a sympathetic ear, but also get some useful advice.

You may have to work a bit harder at your job search than those having uninterrupted job history, keeping an open mind and a positive attitude will help you land the right job. The earlier you begin you search the better will be your chances to find a job.