Accentuate the positives on your resume
“It’s a piece of marketing after all, so you need to sell yourself,” says Elana Konstant, a career coach with Konstant Change Consulting, who specializes in coaching women in transition. “Rather than focus on the gap or call attention to what you might be lacking due to your time out of the workforce, use the space to showcase the skills and experience you acquired, both before and during your break.” But don’t stop there: Cross-reference your interests and skills with the job market to see what is out there for you. Make sure that your resume, LinkedIn profile, and cover letter all speak to your brand and the qualifications employers seek. These are the things career-changers need to tweak on their resume.
Get out there and meet people
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Start networking with your immediate contacts and then go beyond that first wave to find people at companies or in fields of interest. “Get relevant experience immediately that relates to the kind of work that you want to pursue in the future. This can be through strategic volunteering, freelance work, consulting projects, consulting/covering someone’s maternity leave, board memberships, and returnships.” Check out Apres for jobs specifically for women returning to the workforce, and Werk, which aggregates flexible jobs for women. Here are some LinkedIn mistakes that could cost you the job.