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Returning to work: back to work

After a Time out from professional life almost all workers struggle with the same problems. Your own skills decline because they are no longer used and applied regularly, the knowledge that was still up-to-date is suddenly out of date and the professional network and important contacts quickly collapse during a long break. The result: the Getting back into the job gets more difficult from week to week and month to month. But give up hope and come to terms with the fact that the way back to a fulfilling job is blocked? No way, because with the right strategy it can Successful return to work even after a long break ...

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Returning to work: Possible reasons for the break

When it comes to getting back into the job, you probably think of a specific group first: parents. You are in good company because the topic of re-entry is not only discussed by many applicants, but also by employment agencies, employers and companies primarily in connection with raising children and parental leave seen.

This group of Returners is important and big, but there are many more besides.

  • Employees who have cared for a relative.
  • Employees who have been sick for a long time.
  • Employees who have been looking for a new job for a long time.

But regardless of the reasons, the following applies to all re-entrants: Return to work is not easy and the path usually starts with you.

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Returning to work: The right attitude is crucial

Like many other things in life, it is Return to the job depending on your attitude. If you do not believe in yourself and assume from the outset that you will not find a suitable position or cannot convince a recruiter in an interview, you will most likely fail. The same applies if you do not have your head free, but mentally still fully in your last Stage of life stuck. Because your return to work requires you three important things: your presence, your time - and your energy.

Regardless of why you've been out of the job for a long time, your first step should be your To grasp the situation soberly. Resist the temptation to talk yourself into the situation. It won't be easy - but it won't be impossible either.

Realistic analysis of your situation is important to that further steps and a sensible strategy to be able to develop. In order for the re-entry to be successful, you have to master three challenges:

  • To realize to yourself what you can and want to do.
  • Convince potential employers that you will do a good job after taking a break.
  • The individually fitting path to find the one that fits your professional goals.

Questions before going back to work

Before you want to rush headlong into the job again only to find that either your job search has failed or the job you found is making you unhappy, you should first take the time to answer a few important questions for yourself:

  • What can and what do I want to do? Without knowing your wishes and requirements for the new job, you can neither look for jobs sensibly nor apply convincingly and successfully. Make sure you clarify which tasks and jobs you really like.
  • Which of my wishes suits me? Knowing what jobs you want to do is only the first step. Then it comes down to which of your wishes actually suit you and your qualifications. You should definitely seek external feedback and reflection for this answer.
  • Do I want to work in a company? In other words: Can you imagine working for a potential - and attractive - employer? Is working as an employee and part of a team attractive again for you? Or do you prefer independent work with a lot of self-determination?
  • Can i work for myself? This question can be answered quickly Yes answer. Nevertheless, please think about it a little longer: Being your own boss can also have disadvantages, brings a lot of responsibility and does not suit everyone.
  • For which way do I have support? Unfortunately, this question is forgotten far too often. Unfortunately, friends and family do not automatically stand behind you every time you go and every decision. Please clarify in advance which path will be supported by your environment. That doesn't mean that you should make yourself dependent on your environment. But it is good to know whether and from where there could be supporters.

Returning to work: this is how you can return to work

When you are clear about what you are getting from yours Return to the professional world promise, you have already taken the first important step behind you. But that alone does not bring you a new job. So yours should Tailor the application strategy to your situation and find suitable positions for you.

To help you find your way back to work after a long break, we have the three basic steps Listed again for you and show what you should pay attention to.

  1. Orientate yourself on the job market

    What are your qualifications, especially the so-called hard skills, still worth after the break? Are your skills still up to date and still in demand? Or has something changed in your industry in the meantime and the demands placed on employees have changed?

    The best way to do this is to analyze current job advertisements. Here you get a good overview of what potential employers expect from your applicants and you can see whether your profile meets these requirements. The best thing to do is to use our job exchange right away:


    To the job exchange


    You should also be aware that your time off will certainly be addressed during the application process. Therefore, think about in advance how you will react to this and which positive aspects you have taken with you from the time.

  2. Brush up on your qualifications

    Ideally, of course, you have used the time off to maintain your qualifications. Or, even better, targeted further training - and thus perhaps opened up new perspectives on the job market.

    However, if you discover deficits in your research, you should definitely take further training. Because the hope of being hired despite technical deficiencies is mostly in vain.

  3. Get active yourself

    Unfortunately, you will not find a job, so it is necessary that you actively approach employers and make contacts. Your former employer can be a good first port of call.

    They already know you and your way of working and hopefully have fond memories of you. Even if you are unlucky and there is currently no vacancy, you may be considered for other positions or find out whether other companies may have a need for staff.

    The best way to reach other employers is through direct contact. Or through your network, which mediates these contacts. Please do not make the mistake of hiding behind many written applications to hide your uncertainty. If you prefer to approach employers actively, use the opportunities of direct contact.

Returning to work: alternatives to a full-time job

If you do not want to return to your full-time job or if you still lack confidence in your own abilities after a longer break, it can also make sense to go over Alternatives ponder.

These are also designed to give you the opportunity to return Gaining work experience and to test your skills in daily work. The best way to find out which of the alternatives might be right for you is by looking at them ask the questions mentioned above and find honest answers.

  1. Marginal employment - A so-called mini job cannot replace a full-time job, but it can help you to get a breath of fresh air and to test your skills.
  2. part-time-job - The obvious alternative is the well-known part-time job. Jobs with 60, 70 or more percent also fall into this category and can be enough to at least finance your living.
  3. Freelance work - Working as a freelancer can also be an option. Combined with a part-time job, you can not only make a living, but also gain more experience than would be possible with a normal full-time job.
  4. independence - A growing number of people returning to work are setting up their own companies and becoming self-employed. This option is undoubtedly open to you and can be ideal - if you have a viable business idea and can imagine working as a freelancer.
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November 6, 2020Author: Nils Warkentin

Nils Warkentin studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. On the career bible, he is devoted to topics related to studies, career entry and everyday office life.

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