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Returning to Work after an Extended Absence

When returning to work after an extended absence, there are many issues to consider. Our top tips take you through some of the key areas to help the transition.

  1. MAKE SURE IT’S THE RIGHT DECISION FOR YOU

    Returning to work after an extended absence is hard; make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and that you understand the changes that you will need to make in your life.

  2. FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS

    It can be easy to lose sight of your strengths after a time away from the workplace. Ask trusted friends what your strengths are and how you demonstrate them, then evaluate how you can use them in the workplace.

  3. CATCH UP ON WORKPLACE/INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS

    Make sure you are aware of any significant developments in your workplace or industry – do your research!

  4. THINK ABOUT YOUR FLEXIBILITY

    You may think only part-time work is possible, but be flexible in your approach. Consider options like working five days but shorter hours, or full-time hours over four days.

  5. BE CREATIVE IN YOUR APPROACH

    Now is the time to be creative in assessing what you want from a job – consider doing something different from a previous role.

  6. NETWORK

    Use your network to re-introduce yourself to the world of work. Be prepared to explain your absence from work. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is as good as it can be and don’t forget to include a photo that fully represents how you wish to be viewed – a photo of you on a beach may not be the right impression you wish you give.
    Zing 365 has a recorded webinar – Why Bother Networking that may help you with this.

  7. LOOK EVERYWHERE FOR WORK

    Don’t assume online job hunting is your only option. Use word of mouth, talk to your connections about any opportunities.

  8. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

    After a time away from work, returning can feel scary, and it is easy to be discouraged. Focus on your strengths and believe in yourself.

  9. KNOW AND UNDERSTAND YOURSELF

    Your behaviour may have changed during your extended absence. This would be a good opportunity to gain a new perspective on yourself by obtaining an Insights Discovery Personal Profile, which is the most advanced, accurate and easiest tool available to understand and apply behavioural styles.

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