How To Get Yourself Back Into Work After A Long Break

Finding a new job can be tricky, especially if you have been out of work for a while. Maybe you have been busy having children, or you may have needed to take a break for health reasons. It might just be that you have struggled to find suitable vacancies, or you have been rejected for everything that you have applied for. 

How To Get Yourself Back Into Work After A Long Break
How To Get Yourself Back Into Work After A Long Break

It can be really disheartening when you are in that situation. Often you will feel as though it is a reflection on you personally, and that you are just not good enough. The fact of the matter is that when it comes to recruitment, often, employers are swamped with applicants. They may have a stringent check-off policy, and there may be some areas that other applicants are scoring higher than you on. Businesses only can see a certain amount of applicants, and there may be many factors in someone else’s application that just about pip you to the post. 

Getting Your Application Right

Many companies use talent management software. Very often, systems automatically highlight any applicants that fit certain criteria for progression to the next stage. If you want to score high for automated ranking, you will need to ensure you read the application information thoroughly. If a job asks for a certain skill set, you need to talk about that in your resume, cover letter, or in the application. Getting the right buzz words in your application will mean that you will have the best chance of getting through this stage.

Keep On Trying

One of the main things that you need to do is to keep on trying. As hard as it may be, you need to know that the next job could be around the corner. You need to be applying for as many things as possible so that you stand the best chances of finding work. Sometimes a job may not be ideal. However, it can be a starting off point for finding something that is more suitable within the same company. 

Remember, when you are applying to different companies, you still need to tailor your application specifically to them. You should make sure that you are not just copying and pasting the same information from one form to the next. 

Make sure and address the specific company that you are applying to. Say why you want to work there, and use specifics about that company. Recruitment managers will want to see that you have taken the time to do some research into the company and that you are showing an interest in what they do. 

Stay Postive

Make sure you always focus on the things that you have to offer a potential employer and don’t overthink the reasons that you may have been rejected. Try your best to think positively about the process and avoid taking things personally. This may mean telling yourself repeatedly that rejection is not a reflection on yourself and that getting a job is very competitive. 

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

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