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Whether you are looking for a new job after an extended career break or considering flexible work options in your current role, advice and tips from experienced professionals can be found here and shared on our facebook page.
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Why are you looking for a new role? Are you employed but looking for more flexibility, wanting more control when, where and how you work? Have you reached your dream drop after working so hard to realize it isn’t really what you want? Or are you returning to work after a career break? Like at the start of any journey, you should have a good idea on where you’re going. Below are some tools to help you determine the best way to get there.
Review your skills, passions and career goals to define your own version of what success looks like.
“Extraordinary is a fulfilling, happy and successful life on your own terms and that works for you”.
– Jessica Dilullo Herrin
Explore your career options.
Set up informational interviews (this will also build your network).
Build your skills along the way. Throughout your journey, take the time to evaluate what skills you have and any additional skills you may need. There are plenty of resources out there. I personally took some business start up courses through Enterprise Toronto and HTML / CSS courses through Ladies Learning Code.
Before applying to a job, do your research on the company. There are a number of resources out there committed to reviewing company cultures, benefits and offerings. Below are a few to get you started.
When doing your research, consider things like the number of women in Senior Leadership, parental leave polices, formal (and informal) flexible work options, vacation time and personal development programs. Right off that bat you should be able to determine if this is a positive environment for women. To really get a feel for the culture, try to set up some informational interviews with people at the company. This is easier said than done, but use your LinkedIn network and the tellent community to help you find the right contacts.
A colleague once told me to think of my resume as a sales pitch – determine what it is that they want in a new hire and tailor your pitch. Simple right? If recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes, how do you stand out? Below are some resources I have used in the past.
Explaining the gap
Tips and advice for getting your resume noticed
In this day and age, your network will be key in helping you land your next job. If you are established in your career, chances are you will have a great place to start. If you have been out of the workforce for a little while, don’t worry about it, with a bit of social networking and face time you can back up to speed.
Building your network
It is important to be honest with your recruiter and to do your research on a company’s culture and current policies around flexible work options. If you are applying for a new role with a new organization, make sure the culture fit is right and submit a proposal or solution once they have offered you the role. You can also suggest a trial option to test the arrangement. Below are some additional links to help guide you.