How to get back to work after a career break

Everything is possible irrespectively of the length of the career break, but there’s a strategy and methodology to getting back into the active workforce.

Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen shares her own and her clients’ journey like “You are going to have a lot of conversations that don’t go anywhere. Expect that, and don’t be discouraged by it. There will be a handful that ultimately lead to a job opportunity.”

Carol also discusses the two main concerns employers have concerns so-called “relaunchers”:
1) That they are technologically obsolete

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Reading the thoughts of a recruiter

Once in a while we come across pearls in the form of valuable articles that we share with pleasure. This one was written by AltoPartners and is called “The Pathway to Executive Leadership”.

Although it refers to examples from Australia and the mining industry it is relevant for all managers who consciously (want to) manage their careers and are ready to honestly look at themselves.

It talks about 3 types of candidates and their inherent risks – from an Executive Search Consultant’s perspective:

  • those who have a proven leadership track record in a specific domain
  • those who have a proven leadership track record in a transferable domain
  • those who have proven themselves in a functional management role, and are ready for the next step.

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An atypical approach to Career Transition

There is no one-size-fits-all-kinda solution or approach to managing your own career. Spengler Fox asked a senior manager at a global brewing company to share their own experience. Here a fragment:

“I started in a situation where I had been with my company for over five years. I was an ambitious, conscientious employee and had received good high performer ratings and assessments of my work performance. Yet I wasn’t really sure how to advance in my career.

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CVs & Age Discrimination

This topic returns regularly: age discrimination when searching for a job.

In order to be successful at job hunting, the stats tell us that experienced managers who are 50+ need:

  • approx. 2 weeks longer to find a job
  • to build longer target lists of companies when applying
  • to be more selective / thoughtful when preparing said list

There are also tips on how to improve the CV, in order not to scream “I’m close to retirement”:
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Dream job after 50

This senior pharma professional shared via SpenglerFox how he approached being made redundant and how he ended up at his dream job after 50.

Here a teaser:
About him: after almost 20 years in commercial roles in pharma he found out a year in advance that his role would be made redundant. After unsuccessfully applying internally to roles, he used this moment to carry out a detailed self-evaluation of his professional skills and experiences.

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Career Advice in a VUCA world

Changes in law (e.g., quotas), society and technology have led to the most diversified workforce
in the history of mankind in terms of race, religion, national origin, gender, personality or age.
Find more details in this post – Future of the job market. Never before have so many generations participated in the workforce: Read more

Here are our 6 reasons of why we don’t complain about young Millennials

At Career Angels we give bachelor students the opportunity to work with us till they have completed
their master studies, so that they can experience and learn about the job market from an extremely safe perspective. Read more

3 signs that you’re a bad candidate

The scary truth is: headhunters and recruiters are very sensitive to some warning signs that whether you – as a candidate – might be potentially troublesome down the line. If you show any of them, you can be sure that you will not be kept in the recruitment process. Here the most important “red lights”: Read more

Biggest career mistakes

Our career advisory experience includes working with people coming frequently from very different backgrounds. Although they all work in different companies, places and industries, there is one thing they all have in common: career mistakes that they make.

What are they? Read more