3 tips when returning to work after a career break - From Career Coach Scotia Lockwood

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Scotia has been supporting us for over two years now, providing practical advice to not only our clients but also to our team. She has run resume and interview workshops for numerous client groups and conducted many presentations for us. She is a great champion of our work and always willing to support our clients.

Here are Scotia's Tips

Be honest explaining any gaps on your resume / LinkedIn. There is no point trying to hide or skip over your career gaps and there really isn’t any need to. Your best approach is to list your gap period, and just state Career Break. If you have gained any experience or qualifications (or had any amazing stories) mention them.

Re-assess your work wardrobe in line with your changing lifestyle and / or career goals. Your professional image reflects on your personal brand so you want it to be on-point when you head into the job market

Create an action plan and stick to it. Set yourself job search goals and make activities each week to take you towards your goals. Stick to it and don’t give up! It can take time to find the right opportunity for you, but it will happen, so stay strong and keep on keeping on!

Scotia Lockwood has over 10 years experience working in Human Resources Management where she has reviewed 1000’s of resumes and interviewed 100’s of candidates. Scotia has also career coached 100’s of people looking for work or looking for a career change through her own career coaching business.

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