If you have taken a career break and are looking for a second chance, these tips are for you.
Drafting a perfect comeback resume
The secret to writing a good resume is giving the recruiter what they actually want. Instead of harping about your own career achievements, dicuss only those experiences and achievements that line up with the recruiter’s needs. A comeback resume is not about hiding your break behind a veil of a short-term course or part time job. Instead, it should speak clearly and in honest terms about your professional life.
Should the resume include your break?
The answer is “depends”. If you took a voluntary break to pursue an educational endeavor, and the job that you are seeking relates to that endeavor then it is highly appropriate to include the break and the details of how you spent that time. This will only increase your chances of getting the job. However, if you did little to advance your professional career during your break then there is no reason to include it in your comeback resume.
Stay up to date
A break from the professional life can make you a little outdated and same goes for your resume. The skills that you have included in your resume may have been relevant five years back, but after all this time, you will have to include those skills that matter today. Therefore, before putting up the CV in front of any prospective employer after a long break, it is advised that you update the resume with the relevant skills and accordingly refresh your knowledge and terminology.
Remember that a perfect resume is the first step to professional success, more so if it means resuscitating a career that has experienced a break. There is no reason why a company would not welcome you into its ranks if you have the required expertise and skills, backed by previous experience, even if you are coming back from a long break.
Saurabh Tyagi is a career and education counselor who advices professionals on their career choices.