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Monday, November 4th, 2019

Finding a new role after a career break  

Whether you’ve taken a year out to go travelling or taken a career break after being made redundant, getting back into the job search after a long period of time out of the game can be a daunting prospect.

Perhaps you have concerns that the industry has moved on or changed since you last worked, or are worried that your experience is outdated. Whatever your concerns, there are lots of steps you can take to help put your mind at ease and get started on finding an exciting new role.

Find what you’re good at

Whether you’re a natural seller or an excellent people person, taking a career break might have helped you to find what you are good at. Perhaps while you were travelling you were able to find your confidence in talking to others, or taking the lead? Before you start the job search, assess what it is you are good at and how you can transfer your skills into a new role or navigate a new industry.


Networking with others in your industry is a great way to find new opportunities- whether that’s industry workshops, conferences or networking events. Don’t forget to utilise past contacts too and make them aware that you are seeking a new opportunity.

Have confidence

Taking a career break or having been made redundant might have knocked your confidence. It’s important to remember your strengths and skills and to have confidence when applying for new roles. Take note of your capabilities, and don’t forget to add any new-found skills you might have learnt on your break.

Perfect your resume

Take the time to work on your CV and showcase your strengths. Make a ‘relevant experience’ heading for adding in past experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for, and don’t be afraid to talk about your career break or add any short term jobs you might have had during your time out.

Need help finding a new role after taking a career break? Get in touch with the Nicholas Howard team today to see how we can help you with your journey.

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