Going back to work can be a very exciting time, but it is also a time that can really make you nervous. Those nerves can literally drive you up the wall and even cause you to get cold feet when going to your first interview. What you really need is to conjure up the confidence that you already have so that you can nail that interview and get back to work, but it is not an instantaneous thing.

Below are some back to work tips that you can use to make the transition as easy as possible for you:

  • Build up an amazing resume’ – You do this by making sure you construct a resume’ that reflects your skills as they are related to the job you’re applying for. You don’t want to send the same resume’ to every job you are applying for. You want to send a unique resume’ to everyone.
  • Include a cover letter – The cover letter is the first impression. It is not used to plead for a job, but to tell the employer that you are serious about doing this job and that you can bring great value to their company.
  • Always prepare for the interview – This means you are going to research the common questions that are asked during interviews. That way you can be mentally prepared with your answers. You can expect such questions as “Where do you see yourself in five years” and “Why do you think you are the best candidate for this job?” You may even be asked what your weaknesses are and you need to actually have an answer other than “I don’t know” because no one is flawless. Think of it as a trick question.
  • Network – You also need to network. Tell people about your career goals because you never know who will be able to offer you a doorway. You should also post your resume’ online for various employers to see. There are plenty of employers looking for posted resumes so that they can make the first move. They will move toward you as a potential employee rather than you move toward them.
  • Persistence – Persistence is also key, but not persistence in the way that you call the employer every single day asking them if they got your resume’. This is persistence in the way that you keep trying. Some individuals are able to get a job in a week and others take a few months, but don’t let that get you down. Where there is a job opening, there is a chance.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom returning to the workforce or you are someone who simply stepped out for a while and you need to step back in. Financial security is usually the reason someone returns to the workforce. Fortunately, that financial security is yours if you want it. Simply follow the tips above and you’ll be working a job you love in no time. You also be making the money you need.

Author's Bio: 

David Couper is a career coach and writer who for the last twenty years has worked in Europe, Asia, and in the USA with major organizations including the BBC, Fuji Television, Mattel, Sony, and Warner Bros.

He has successfully coached individuals at all levels including CEOs of major companies wanting a new challenge, frustrated souls wanting to make their dream come true, and front-line employees laid off and desperate to get a job.

David has published seven books. His works on interpersonal skills, counseling in the workplace, and management issues (published by Connaught, Gower, HRD Press, Longman, Macmillan/Pearson Publishing, Oxford University Press) have been translated into Swedish, Polish, and Danish, and published in the UK and the USA.

David has a degree in Communication, a postgraduate qualification in education, is certified in a number of training technologies, and has a Masters in Psychology. He is a member of the American Society of Training and Development, Society of Human Resources Professional, Writers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television.

He has dual US/UK citizenship and speaks French and Japanese.

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