Opting back into the workforce often brings about a mixture of emotions – excitement in rejoining the professional world, but concern regarding questions about your employment gap.
Here are a few ways to address the gap head on:
- Pick up some temp jobs: There’s no faster or better way to brush up on your skills than by working in some temporary positions. Mom Corps frequently posts contract positions that are a great way to bolster your resume while exploring exactly what you want in a full-time position.
- Take industry-related classes: If you’re feeling unsure of your skills, taking some classes related to your field can refresh you on old concepts and teach you new methods. As an added bonus, doing so will show your commitment to re-entering the workforce that will stand out to potential employers.
- Explain it in the interview: If asked about your career gap, explain it briefly and then move on to why you are a great fit for the role. Don’t dwell on the gap; always bring the conversation back to your skills. And if you’ve learned something relevant during your time away – for example, teamwork, time management or leadership through volunteerism – be sure to mention it.
- Have confidence: Be proud of your time out of the workforce – it allowed you to become who you are!