Both my business partner, Anne-Barbara and I experienced this firsthand. I took time off from my career in management consulting to take care of my sons, while Anne-Barbara, an expat from the Netherlands, found herself in transition due to relocation. We continue to hear from other moms on how overwhelming and isolating the re-entry process is.
So what did we do? We muddled through it, reconnected with contacts, read up on industry developments, and brushed up on technology changes. What we realized is that there were new rules, redefining job search and career success. Along the way, we discovered a few tips worth sharing:
Re-entry Tip 1: Be curious, share information, and collaborate with colleagues and employees.
The way we work has changed. Workplace dynamics have shifted where transparency and collaboration are valued over information hoarding and individual success. Employers are looking for collaborators both in individual contributor and leadership roles.
Re-entry Tip 2: Dip your toes in the social pool and jump in.
A Linkedin profile is the bare minimum. You can go on from there to explore Twitter, Pinterest, Quora and other industry specific forums. Being “social” no longer means happy hour. You can no longer bury your head in the sand and avoid social media. Social media is here to stay and embracing it (even just for professional purposes) is critical in building your personal brand, establishing credibility, and expanding your network.
Re-entry Tip 3: Use the summary section of your resume to customize the resume for each job you apply for.
The way we look for jobs have changed. Long gone are the days of paper resumes on premium paper and cover letters. With 90% of resumes being submitted on-line, your shot at making a great first e-impression lies solely within the first few lines of your resume.
Re-entry Tip 4: Customize your resume with keywords from the job description.
The way we tailor our resumes for jobs has changed. It is no longer effective to create a custom cover letter to submit along with your resume. It goes into the “e-slush pile.” With more and more companies using Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS,) your resume must make it through the electronic filter before it ever reaches human hands.
Re-entry Tip 5: Google yourself and make sure your search results reflect your professional identity.
The way employers vet potential candidates have changed. Often, after a 30-second resume scan, employers do their primary research. They go straight to Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. Any public information will form the next layer of your e-impression. A professional LinkedIn profile, your profile picture, the number of connections, and recommendation you do (or don’t) have are deciding factors.
Re-entry Tip 6: Emphasize your inherent skill that you have honed over the years such as communication, professionalism, maturity, and emotional intelligence.
Being “older” can be an asset. With many baby boomers retiring, employers are looking for mature talent to take on leadership roles and adapt to working with the millennial workforce. Our partner companies tell us they place value not only talent and functional skills, but also a portfolio of other “soft-skills.”
Re-entry Tip 7: Our Talent 2.0 Program connects returning professionals with leading companies in the Westchester, Fairfield, and NY Counties.
Internships are not just for college kids. Facing tight labor supply and lack of diversity at leadership levels, companies are looking for unique ways to find talent. Many companies have in-house paid-returnship programs for returning career professionals. The successful completion of a paid “returnship” opportunities can lead to a permanent arrangement.
Re-entry Tip 8: Attend educational and networking events.
Our upcoming Career Re-Entry Roadshow is a great way to connect with other professionals. We will provide free information sessions on how we can help you jumpstart the next phase of your career.
9/12- Career Re-Entry Roadshow - Rivertowns (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY)
9/20- Career Re-Entry Roadshow - Pelham, NY
9/21- Career Re-Entry Roadshow - Pound Ridge, NY
Our Success Stories Panel Discussion features success stories from women who have returned to work after a career break to inspire you and help you get started.
9/29- Success Stories: Returning to Work After A Career Break - Rye, NY
Vermilion Talent is a social enterprise brought to life by the experiences of its founders, Anju Kurian & Anne-Barbara Lemmens in re-entering the workforce after a career break.
After a career break to take her of her sons, in 2012, Anju went back to work as a management consultant. In 2015, Anne-Barbara, an expat from the Netherlands and mom of 2, arrived in the US ready to settle her family and get back to her career in management consulting. They both noticed the same problem – many talented, experienced moms (professional women) were struggling to make the same transition.
Inspired by our own experiences, we started Vermilion Talent to create a guided approach to re-entering the workforce. We have the unique privilege of building a company that is changing the lives of candidates and influencing how companies view women who have taken a career break. Our focus is to build confident leaders and help women to reclaim their professional lives.
Vermilion Talent, in partnership with local companies, resource providers, and our partners, is the hub for career re-entry. We have created a platform for talented, professional women to reclaim their careers.
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