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Returning to work

If you’ve been out of the workplace for a period of time, for whatever reason, or for however long, finding a job again can be challenging. But it’s also an opportunity – you could try something completely different.

It may feel like you don’t know where to start and you may feel out of the loop in terms of processes or current trends. You will have gained many transferable skills in previous roles, it’s just about matching and articulating them in the right way.

Here are some questions you might want to think about before taking the next step:

  • Does the role you did previously still exist?
  • Do you want to work in the same role?
  • Do you want to work in the same sector?
  • Do you have a LinkedIn profile?
  • How can you use your existing network?
  • Do you want to work full-time or part-time?
  • What transferable skills do you have?

Supporting flexible working

Flexible working is important to different people for various reasons, which can include:

  • A need to work non-typical hours
  • Support for working with a disability
  • Juggling caring responsibilities
  • Working more than one job

Although some jobs are advertised as part-time, we’d also recommend having a conversation with prospective employers about the potential for a role to be part-time, even if it isn’t advertised as such. Flexible arrangements can often be made, depending on the role and needs of the organisation.

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