Are you ready for a change of career? Do you find yourself wanting to return to the workforce but aren’t sure where to start?
It can be daunting, especially if you’ve taken an extended career break, or even if you’ve just grown used to your current role.
For stay-at-home parents, returning to work in 2022 could even be easier for you now than in previous years.
Not only are your kids getting older and becoming more independent, but many companies have opted for a hybrid or even fully remote environment, meaning you’ll be much more able to juggle work and family.
So if you’re looking for a change, here are just four ways you can boost your employability in 2022.
- Work On Your Soft Skills
When we sit down and evaluate our skillset, we often forget to factor in our soft skills. However these are key features employers look for when considering candidates for a role.
The good news is, you’ve probably picked up a lot of these in your everyday life, particularly if you’re a parent.
Think how much time you spend negotiating with your kids? How many tasks you actually fit into a day thanks to your time management abilities?
Or how you manage resources – such as your money? These are all skills that will transfer well to the workplace.
- Get Networking
Whether it’s in person or on a platform such as LinkedIn, it’s important for you to put feelers out and discover what opportunities are out there for you to take.
Make connections with people that already work in your field of interest. This way you’ll be able to stay knowledgeable industry and, be in a better position when it comes to the job hunt.
- Upgrade Your Qualifications
Furthering your education is a great way for you to set yourself apart when embarking on the job hunt.
Luckily, you don’t have to return to the traditional university campus. With a distance learning university such as ARU, you can upgrade your qualifications on a schedule that suits your needs.
Only learning is the perfect choice for parents in need of flexibility.
- Rewrite Your CV
If you haven’t taken a look at your CV in years, then it’s in no condition to send to a prospective employer. You don’t have to struggle along and hope for the best however – the National Careers Service has a handy guide on what you should include.
Just because you’ve taken a career break, it doesn’t mean that your activities aren’t worthy of a place on your CV.
Remember those soft skill we mentioned earlier? If you feel that your qualifications and work experience are lacking, then make sure to highlight these.
Think about any volunteering you might have done, such as helping at your kid’s school. These are all experiences that can help you stand out among other candidates.
And remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint. It might take you time to find your new job, but you’ll get there.
How have you boosted your employability? Share your experiences in the comments below!