women who gave up full-time employment to take care of our
children in their formative years, returning to the workplace can
oftentimes be daunting, especially if taking career breaks for
more than five years. Your heart starts beating fast at the
mention of an e-mail message or about Outlook Diaries.
things to consider: what kind of job do I want to go into? What
skills do I have after so many years away from the buzz and
twitter of the workplace?
your CV, make sure to put information about activities you’ve
fulfilled during those years. Did you volunteer in your children’s
school, for instance, being on the Board of Governors, or
organising fund-raising stints? Did you have a part-time work,
say, administration for the family business?
a household budget is a transferable skill!
is the biggest reason recruiters miss well-qualified military
candidates, say career coaches who specialize in transitioning
from military to civilian jobs. They just don’t get what your CV
says when you speak military-ese, not civilian-ese.
you write your CV, put it through the civilian translation wringer
by asking friends who know nothing about the military and see if
they understand what you’re talking about.
building your CV around
military rank or title.
you bring to the
your best format.
Targeted CV is a good
because it features
in on job fairs.
military persons transfer into close protection industries.
of us in the Autumn years
have a long job history, you’re more likely to need updates on
the following issues.
the wrong focus.
your CV in a manner that makes the employer quickly sees your
skills relevant to the position you apply for instead of having to
wade through reverse chronological data and not pick up important
details on the first page.
age negatively. Don’t
blurt out your age. Do not put old education first on your resume.
Avoid listing jobs with dates older than 10 or 15 years. If you
must include dusty jobs, de-emphasise the dates or omit them. You
can summarise old jobs under a heading of ‘Prior to 20XX’ and
avoid being too specific. Do not describe older jobs in detail.
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