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Don’t Let A “Career Break” Slow You Down

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Have you found yourself out of a job? Maybe you’re just sick of the field you’re in and want to begin the search for a new career. So what’s the first step you should take?

First and foremost, it takes a lot of guts to decide to jump into a new career and even more guts to put the work in to find a new job. We all know job hunting is the pits and is easily a job itself! So before you make a commitment, let’s take a look at some of the recent recruiting trends for 2017 provided by LinkedIn.

Talent leaders feel confident that their department is helping define the future of their company. Over 83% of them say talent is the number one priority in their organization. 56% of leaders say that their team’s hiring volume will increase and in order to measure success they are focusing on how long a new hire stays at the company, hiring manager satisfaction, and time to fill. While nearly 70% of recruiting budgets are spent on job boards, recruiting tools, and staffing agencies, talent leaders identify employer branding as the #1 area where they wish they could invest more. Over 80% of leaders acknowledge that employer branding has a significant impact on their ability to hire talent.

Recruiters are going to be very busy this year it seems. One issue that can make recruiters a bit apprehensive is if you’re on a “Career Break.” What does that mean? It’s basically just a fancy way of saying, “I hate the field I’m in and have no clue what I want to do for a living.” I can attest to this having had numerous different types of jobs in the past myself. It doesn’t look awesome on a resume, that’s for sure. If you find yourself on a “Career Break” then has some tips for you.


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Know yourself

They are definitely on point with this tip. First and most importantly, you need to know yourself before you head out in search of a job. You need to know what interests you, what tasks you’re willing to take on, etc. A recruiter can’t help you figure those things out so it’s best to know it beforehand. Otherwise you’ll probably find yourself in another position that you are just showing up to and not enjoying.

Up to the date

It helps to stay current with new technology or trends that are happening in fields that interest you as well as the area you left. You may end up wanting to rejoin the area of interest you’re taking a break from and in that time, new ideas and processes could begin. As cliche as it sounds, you don’t want to be “a day late and a dollar short.” Stay on top of current and new topics!


Networking is probably the most important aspect of staying and entering the workforce. It’s easy to become complacent and hide behind your computer all day, emailing out resumes. Even if you’re not working currently, you should be finding new ways to get in touch and stay in touch with those in the working world. You never know which introduction will lead to a new opportunity.


“It is said attitudes are contagious – Make sure yours is worth catching. No matter what the reason behind the break, make sure you take the questions asked by a recruiter with a positive attitude.”

Don’t be a dark cloud. I like to think of it this way – would I want to hire or work with me? It really takes some serious self reflection sometimes and sometimes and attitude adjustment makes all the difference in the world.

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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