Motherhood Stuffs: Tips for Getting Back Into the Workforce

Friday, November 07, 2014

Tips for Getting Back Into the Workforce

If you’ve been out of work for a while, it can be daunting to dust off the CV and start putting yourself out there again. This article provides some tips on how to put your best foot forward after a break in employment. Put these insights into practice and you may be entering the workforce again in no time!

Refresh Your Skills
Employers like to see that you’re willing to learn and build your skill base. This is particularly relevant if you’ve been out of work for a while. Attend a course, seminar or workshop that is related to your industry to demonstrate to prospective employers that you’re still engaged and know about all the latest developments. Look beyond universities and traditional places of learning. Many industry specialists such as Knowledge to Action have developed their own reputations, relevant training programs.

Talk to Former Colleagues
It really is who you know, not what you know. Your old colleagues and contacts can give you a great head start as you re-enter the workforce. Reach out with an email or a phone call. Advise that you’re looking for opportunities, providing details on the role that you’re hoping for. You never know what your old contacts might be able to suggest. If they don’t have a role, they might have a contact of their own that is searching for just the right person.

Explain the Gap
Don’t ignore the fact that you have a gap in work history. Whatever your reason for time off, tell your prospective employers about what you did and how it was of benefit to you. For example, you might have enjoyed a long holiday that has left you recharged, and ready to tackle new challenges in employment. Or you might have been raising children at home, which has taught you a whole host of people and time management skills. With a little clever thinking, you can talk about your break in a way that makes you attractive to employers.

Attack on All Fronts
If you’ve been out of the job market for a long time, you’ll notice that job seeking has changed dramatically. The jobs section in the paper is no longer the primary advertising platform. Make sure you are subscribed to all of the online job sites. Do a little research, as there’s probably also an online platform that’s specific to your industry. Build a compelling profile on the professional social networks – you might find the job offers start coming to you! It’s also important to develop proactive strategies. Contact businesses you’d like to work for and see if they have opportunities that they’re yet to advertise.

The final and most important tip we can give you is to be resilient. You are one of a number of talented, engaging people competing for that exciting role. All job hunters will face rejection and disappointment at times. As long as you are always willing to pick yourself up and chase the next opportunity, you will eventually land the perfect job.


  1. I need this one. I am kind of scared going back to work after all these years that I haven't work.

  2. oh, how I wish I have all the guts to go back into the workforce...I miss working actually.

  3. Good tips but the last tip seems so bold. Guess, taking it one at a time is more ideal.

  4. Very useful tips po ate. I like the 'Refresh your skills' and 'Talk to Former Colleagues'. That is very important!

  5. These are very helpful tips Mommy N. It has been awhile since I worked.

  6. This is a timely post, sis, especially for those looking for a new job. I've recently found a new job online, and so far, so good! I'm positive that soon, I'll be lucky enough to find a job that I will really enjoy and one that comes with a big salary.

  7. There are times that I really want to quit, but then again, I still enjoy going to work. One of the most powerful responses that always got me hired was my response to the question.. "Why should we hire you?" My automatic response would be "Why wouldn't you?" :))


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