Getting a Job After a Career Break: Steps for Success

Written by Luke Kitchen
Last updated March 24, 2022

Are you coming back to work after a career break? You’re certainly not alone. According to one study, almost 100,000 people in the UK take time out from their careers each year.

If you’re finding it tough to get back into the workforce, don’t worry – you’re not alone. We understand that it can be daunting for job seekers to find a new role when they have been out of work for an extended period of time. There are plenty of jobs out there, and we’re here to help you find the right one for you. In this article, we’ll explain some steps that you can take to increase your chances of finding employment.


Boost your Chances of Employment

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best ways to increase your chances of finding a job after taking a career break.

Update Your CV

The first step is to update your CV. Make sure that your CV is up-to-date and relevant to the roles that you’re applying for. You should make sure that you tailor your CV with relevant experience to each role you apply for. Make sure to include any roles you’ve had in the past, including part-time or voluntary work. If you’re not sure how to do this, there are plenty of resources available online, including our CV writing tips and our tips on dealing with CV gaps.

Volunteer Work

Another great way to improve your CV is by getting some volunteer work. This will show future employers that you’re enthusiastic and willing to work hard, even if you’re not being paid. It’s also a great way to gain relevant experience and expertise in the field you want to work in as well as valuable transferable skills. There are plenty of organisations that are always looking for volunteers, so have a look online and see if there’s anything that interests you.

For more information, check out our dedicated blog post on How volunteering can improve your CV.


Another important step is to network. This can be done in person or online, and it involves meeting new people and making connections. It’s a great way to meet potential employers and get your name out there. You never know who you might meet, so make sure you attend as many events as you can. You can also join relevant online groups, and forums and connect with professionals on sites like LinkedIn.

For more, visit our dedicated blog post on Networking Tips for Career Changers.

Be Honest About Your Career Break

When you’re applying for jobs, you should be honest about your career break. Whether you’ve taken time out to raise a family, care for a relative or something else entirely, honesty is the best policy. Being open and honest will not only show that you’re not hiding anything but will also encourage employers to trust you.

Sell Yourself

Finally, don’t be afraid to sell yourself. When you’re applying for roles, make sure that you highlight your skills and experience. Emphasise every positive aspect of yourself. It can feel awkward at times to talk about yourself, but make an effort to deliver personal statements with confidence and passion. With the right attitude and approach, you’re sure to find the perfect role for you.


Key Takeaways

In conclusion, although returning to work after a career break can seem daunting, it’s important to remember that there are steps you can take to make the transition smoother. By following these simple tips, you can increase your chances of finding your ideal job. Remember to stay positive, stay motivated, and don’t hesitate to seek advice and support from professionals in the field.

At Refreshing a Career, we are always here to help you take the next step in your career journey. Visit our website for career and job advice, tips on applying for jobs after a career break, alternative career paths, and much more.

Check out our jobs board for all the latest career change opportunities in your area. Feel free to contact us if you have any queries. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news and information from Refreshing a Career.

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Last Updated: Thursday March 2 2023
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