Sabbatical over?…. How to get back to work confidently
Nowadays taking short-term career break is very common. But returning back to professional sphere after a sabbatical can be very tricky situation. Here are some handy tips to ensure smooth transition and getting back to work confidently.
- Keep ‘Right Attitude’:
Whatever may be the reason- health, family or education – the person who has taken a sabbatical or career break makes recruiters anxious even though that person manages to convince them about their ability. You should be ready to face such questions and be prepared to explain the reason for the break. Also you should be prepared for the questions like ‘What if the problems reoccurs? What did you do during the sabbatical? Why do you want to join the work now? Etc.
- Redraft your CV:
A gap in resume does not show well but trying to cover it up rather makes it worse. So it is always better to explain the reasons clearly. Always be clear in communication. Most importantly convey your sincerity and eagerness to take on the new wok assignment. Always keep in mind, it is one’s confidence and readiness to make adjustments to get back to work matters.
- Set up a proper routine:
You might be use to a relaxed life on a sabbatical period and might lose the habit of heading for 9-5 jobs along with managing your personal work. So to overcome such situation just set into the work routine a few days before you join into new work place.
- Think about ‘Other commitments’:
When you are on sabbatical for a long time the expectations of your family from you is different. When you decide to get back to work there may be a void which may lead to some issues. So plan well and manage your personal time commitments to stay focused and to maintain proper balance.
- Be updated:
Always keep track of the latest trends in your industry which will help you to be in touch with ongoing trends and easily restart the career in the same field. Employers want people who are abreast of the latest work trends. Along with traditional ways to brush up skills and knowledge, magazines, books, courses you can try to be in the field through some related freelance work if possible. This will give impression that you have used the break very well.
- Stay networked:
If you are rejoining the same organization then always stay connected with your colleagues. Learn about the latest developments in the management, so your won’t feel lost on your 1st day after restart. Also networking helps you to search appropriate opening or get best references that increases your chances of getting selected in job interview.
- Pick up the work gradually:
On the first day after a break you might feel bogged down by overwork. But don’t lose the patience, better chalk out a weekly plan with your boss on the first day itself which will help you to priorities the tasks and gradually ease into work.
- Always know when to stop!
Don’t be over obsessed with your fantastic, life changing enjoyable experience of your sabbatical. It can be tempting to talk about the same a lot but it may become annoying to others who have carried on the same tedious work-life since you left. So perhaps you could have a handful of pictures printed to show to the people who want to hear about your sabbatical.Tell then about your adventures, but make some time to listen carefully to what they have been doing during your absence.
- Work-life balance is equally important:
It is good to be best at your job but it is rather more important to be excellent at life. Your family comes first. If they are happy so you will be. Therefore after sabbatical it is one of the most important things that you maintain proper work-life balance which will help you to balance everything you have and live a very happy and fulfilling life.
- Back at work !… What Next?
When you get back to work it may happen that you face weired behavior from various people. Some may judge your capability or seriousness as a career person. Some times you may feel low by seeing your previous colleagues in senior roles or your juniors as peers. But accept the reality. Don’t feel bad , sabbatical was your decision for a valid reason so just focus on learning and stability in your new role to start with.Better learn like a beginner and be prepared to learn from any one. Over the time you will definitely be successful once again.So, Good luck for a great re-start to your career. Welcome back!