How to Regain Employment after a Long Break

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So, you have been out of regular employment for a couple of years and now are looking for an opportunity to get back to work? As exciting the prospect may seem, it will be a daunting road ahead undoubtedly. This post is intended to provide you with some helpful tips that might ease up your journey.

Long time unemployment can create a lot of mental pressure on a person. It has a detrimental effect on a person’s sense of self-worth.  The longer you are out of employment, the more anxiety and insecurity affects you, hurting your self-confidence and chances to get a new job. It is essential to avoid getting caught in negative state of mind, even if it requires seeking out counseling or professional help. Keep reminding yourself that this is just a temporary phase and it shall pass.  Meditation and calming exercises are good techniques to keep you relaxed. Keep yourself connected with friends and people who are your genuine well-wishers as they will provide you with much needed positive vibes.

Keep yourself motivated

Keep your motivation

 As easy to say, it is indeed the hardest thing to do. However, it is necessary to keep your morale high as low confidence can hugely impact your employment prospects. One way to keep anxiety at bay is physical exercise. There is documented evidence that a person who practices enough physical movements have fewer incidences of nervous breakdown or anxiety fits.  It is good way to create self-discipline and show that you can achieve hard things. It would be advisable for people to maintain a safe distance from procrastination and tools that encourage procrastination such as television, computers and other entertainment devices. Instead, one should try hands at pursuing a creative hobby such as singing, painting that helps soothe the senses as well as develop some skills.

A big part of being motivated is finding out your motivation to work again. It might be financial, or the desire to contribute or to have an individual identity of yours.  Being clear about this will give you focus and determination to push through the difficult times. It will also help you get new ideas and evaluate your options so that you can change the direction if the future work you undertake isn’t fulfilling.

Explore working options

  Now that you have a clearer mind and an energized body, you can easily devote time to better your search strategies. Sometimes, there are small things that you might not be doing as they should be done and that’s why good job opportunities may be eluding you.  Job search strategies are often caught in the web of stereotypes and hesitations. Unless you are spending at least 25 hours a week Searching a Suitable Job Vacancy, following up relentlessly your prospective employer there is little that can help you.  It is essential that you spend some time with your best buddy or partner and explore all the options you have.  Keep in mind your circumstances and whether you can work full-time, or part time.

Fill the Resume Gap

 A resume should highlight your professional achievements. It shouldn’t be chronological listings of all the major events in your career ever since you started working. Moreover, if your professional achievements are not in line with the job that you are applying for then there is no use of applying to it. If you are a professional programmer, you can program and build your own applications, who knows one of your app may sell for a million dollar and end up making you a millionaire. If you are a fashion designer, design your own clothes or start a label of yours, albeit on small scale. This way you will have at least something to show on the resume and the employer cannot take you to task over the gap.

Don’t defend your gap

Meeting for a interview

 While it might put you at some disadvantage when compared to others, there is no reason to feel uneasy or uncomfortable about the fact that you have been out of work for a while. You aren’t alone.  There have been many who have been in your shoes previously and have gone on to do wonderful things.  Hiding the fact that you have been unemployed will put a wrong impression on the interviewer.  Instead of telling them that you were unemployed or out of work, just let them know that you were not getting paid and talk about various projects that you have done and were learning in the meanwhile.

Be confident in your interview

 Prior to your interview for any job vacancy after a long break, be clear on why an employer should choose you for that role. Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses and point out to the interviewer how your strength will be beneficial to the employer. Let them know how your experience, the skills gained during the gap will be helpful in the work ahead. Practice mock interviews and build on your confidence.  Consider each interview a learning process and ask for feedback on what you could have done differently.


Saurabh Tyagi is a blogger and a professional career author with proven expertise in writing for topics related to jobs, job trends, different job opportunities, various workplace and industry information, tips and strategies for job seekers. You can follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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