Returning to work after a career break can seem like a daunting process. You may have taken some time out for any number of reasons such as maternity or to travel, however the break may have affected your confidence and you are worried about your ability to get back into the groove. Here we offer you some tips and advice to prepare yourself to return to work.

Be clear about your career goals

You need to decide what is your motivation to get back into the workplace. Do you want a full on high powered career or are you looking for a position with flexibility to fit in with your family life, maybe a part time position? You may want to test the water by registering with a recruitment agency like Bell Cornwall and taking some temporary assignments. Its important to determine what you want out of returning to work before looking for the right position.

Boost your self-belief

Returners usually undervalue what they can offer an employer. Be clear on your strengths and skills to increase your confidence and give you energy for your job search.  Ask friends and family for feedback on what you’re good at with examples and write down at least 5 achievements and the skills you demonstrated

Refresh your skills and knowledge

Look at refreshing your skills by attending any local or on-line refresher training sessions and subscribing to any relevant industry/technology newsletters. Technology ensues that updates are happening on a regular basis in all walks of life so its important to keep abreast of these, understand them and practice before going back into the workplace.

Update your CV

It’s likely that your CV will need updating in terms of both content and format. Your CV, short for curriculum vitae, is a personal marketing document used to sell yourself to prospective employers. It should tell them about you, your professional history and your skills, abilities and achievements. Ultimately, it should highlight why you’re the best person for the job. Keep your CV short and positive, avoid these common mistakes when writing your CV.

Optimise your Linkedin Profile

If you set up a Linkedin page previously before you took a break from work, now is the time to update it and announce to your professional networks that you are looking to get back into the workplace. Update your profile and other documents such as your CV.

Social Media Networking

If you have other social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter, update them to let friends know you are actively looking for work. Many employers now advertise vacancies on social media sites as its free publicity and if one of your friends spots a potential vacancy they can advise you.

Prepare for interviews

Get ready for potential interviews by practising with a family member or friend. Prepare answers to the typical questions and don’t forget to research as much information about any potential employers that have granted you an interview. Take a look at our tips and advice here ‘Preparation is the key for interview success’.


If you are planning on returning to work please contact us here to see how we can assist you.