The first place I always start with my clients, in their search for work after staying home to raise their children, is what are you looking for? Even if you don’t know what it is yet (maybe you don’t want to go back and do the same thing), it is so important to be thinking about what you really want.
And why is this important? Clarity in regards to what you want, all the elements combined will create a level of focus and commitment and combined with action, will be what you end up with. If you haven’t taken the time to really consider what you want you may end up with something you don’t want. And whilst the first role back might not be where you ultimately want to end up, getting as close as you can will be helpful. That expression, ‘be careful what you wish for’ is very accurate. When you focus on something and put action in place to get there, you’ll come very close to getting it so be confident it’s what you want.
But how do you do this? How do you work out if it is what you want? This is a process in it itself and it starts with understanding who you are. What is important to you? What will you defend or not walk past? What things do you want to be doing at work? What sort of person are you at work and who and what do you want to be at work? All of these elements are worthy of exploration in their own right and will all combine to give you far greater clarity.
So before you rush together a resume and start applying for everything you see, talk some time to really consider the questions and put together a resume which more accurately reflects who you are and what you want.
If you’d like to have a conversation about these questions of who you are and what you want, reach out and let’s start there!