Article By I-Winner Ms. Kavita Jhaveri
The Resume is considered the professional face of a worker. It connects the past with the hopeful future. It all looks good if you have gone from strength to strength and been exposed to reputed brand names throughout or most of your career. The deflect sets in once there is a break or a downgrade in your career.
Certain breaks are unavoidable and yet at times they may be difficult to explain to the prospective recruiter. Here are some tips to improve your resume after you have been on a break.
While there is no escape to disclosing that you have been away from the work scene and neither is it recommended that you should ever hide the facts from your résumé. Yet you have the choice to maintain the standard and pose yourself as a competent, confident rearing to go career woman than cutting a sorry figure on your break. Make the first impression by drafting an impeccable résumé that reflects your strengths rather than shifting the focus to the break.
Most important points to highlight through the résumé are your focus on career and aspiration to get back on track. This would be reflected through the goal or objective which is the frontrunner title of the résumé. The goal statement should by no means be vague. It should be concise and yet show clarity of vision.
Portray specific metrics which showcase your track record while you were in the industry. This will cultivate the factor of credibility and assert the potential of your candidature. Stay connected with your past employers and include them as references.
Include any freelance work, temporary projects, and voluntary assignments taken up during the break period. This will project your skills. It will also convey that you have been occupied and have utilized the spare time wisely and constructively to gain knowledge and required skills.
Include any seminars and workshops that you may have attended to show that you have been in the loop of the industry to which you seek an entry. It will also depict your personality to be a knowledge seeker, updated personnel and an outgoing networker.
Make sure to connect the dots of your employment flow. Any type of extravagant descriptions of self or of the work or on the other hand any attempts to cover any portions of your unemployment period may be caught and looked upon with suspicion. It is important to strike a balance between selling yourself to enhance your prospects and maintain an honest disclosure of facts which in turn will further your credibility and reputation.
Any other personality traits which the job role demands should also be wisely portrayed. Be they soft skills, technology ready, initiative, language, work driven etc. should be substantiated with examples to make your case stronger.
The résumé can be supported with a covering letter which could explain the reasoning behind the break and develop on your outlook for the future.
Employers are well-versed that certain circumstances can lead to a break in the career graph. Your résumé is the first interaction point in a carefully screened candidate hunt and you will have to polish and update your professional story to get the attention of the recruiter. Remember there will likely be thousands or more added to the workforce while you were gone and have their sights set on the same job. In such a scenario, you’d have to put your best foot forward and the résumé is the best bet to signify your readiness and fetch an entry to further rounds of selection. If you maintain honesty and openness in your candidature profile it could result into a certain quality of understanding with the prospective recruiter and build on your chances to get selected in the recruitment process. A well crafted résumé should then be a sure shot gateway to resume your career after a break!