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


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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Easy Resume Tips

There are different resume formats that you can choose. Try to make a resume between 2-3 pages. It must be concise and easy to read. Most resumes will have certain sections such as:

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Personal Details:

Include name


Contact numbers and email address

You do not have to include your birth date, marital status, gender, religion or parental status.

Employment History:

This should include your previous roles, organisations you worked for and the years that you were there. You start with the most recent job position.

You will also need to briefly describe your duties and some achievements. You could do this by using bullet points.


Include relevant certificates, licences and tickets and school, Tafe and Tertiary degrees. You start with the most recent courses.

You will need to state the certificate, the institution and the years you studied the course.

Summary of Skills and Attributes:

Summary of general professional skills and attributes. Some examples will be specific to the job. Some examples might be generic like you can work independently and in a team environment, good communicator, able to build rapport quickly with others etc.



Community or Volunteer Work:

You do not need to put interests and hobbies in a resume. However, you could include any community/volunteer work that you have been involved in.

You will need to include the years, role and organisation.


You will need to include at least two referees. Some jobs may ask for three referees.

You will have to include their details such as name, role, organisation and contact number and email address.



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