Return to work with a helping hand

You want to get back to work, but you have been away from the world of work for a few years and are feeling unsure about what you can and cannot do. Returning to work can be a daunting business, especially for women who have taken time away from the commercial world to raise a family, to look after an elderly parent or for other reasons.

Many have low self-confidence despite knowing that they have excellent capabilities. They often apply for jobs well within their abilities only to receive one rejection after another. This can prove totally soul destroying and confidence draining, leading to them becoming even more demoralised and uncertain about their self-worth, questioning their own own abilities.

Through my company Help@Hand, I have found that with returners-to-work, no matter what type of job they may have had in the past, they now need help and re-assurance to re-assess what they can once again offer an employer in terms of their current skillset and the restrictions that they may have regarding the number of days/hours a week they are willing to commit to.

After a career break, what can help people to regain their confidence and motivation is one-to-one interview practice. We carry out interview practice sessions either face-to-face or via Skype so that clients can get independent and constructive feedback and guidance.

Many feel confused and unable to decide exactly what they would like to do when they return to work. Personality profiling (psychometric profiles) can help identify what, together with their existing skills, would be the most suitable avenues they could pursue.

Such simple steps give returners-to-work far more self-confidence to apply for jobs with a greater belief in themselves so that they feel better equipped to re-join the working world.

*Help@Hand was established by Jackie Baer, an HR Director for over 30 years. She saw a need for a systematic and logical approach to help and guide returners-to-work improve their confidence, communication and inter-personal skills. The organisation offers practice interviews, CV review, personal presentation and personality profiling to prepare individuals for those important interviews when the time comes, because first impressions count. If you have had a career break and have any questions for Jackie about interviews, personal presentation or CVs, please email [email protected] and we will provide answers on the site.

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