7 Questions To Ask Yourself As You Get Back Into Work After A Career Break | Leverage Ambition

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Many parents have taken long term career breaks during their lives. Don’t feel bad about it. Life happens and you are on your specific journey to find what you want and need.

Whether your career break is pandemic or health related, there is no day but today to get started on exploring better opportunities that could be a homerun for you.

Finding your fit after a career break can be challenging, but when you ask yourself the right questions, those answers should give you EXACTLY what you need!

We want to give you the right building blocks to conquer this mountain. With a little dash of self discovery and self mastery, you can make your new job search easier and more fulfilling than ever before.

Let’s break it down and get back to basics. First off, if you don’t have a clear idea where you are going to go, you will never get there.

It is important to gauge your wants and needs while discovering what career will best match your goals and aspirations.

We can start this exercise by defining what you know about yourself. In my case, I fully enjoy writing about topics that resonate with wellness communities. I enjoy writing about mental health topics and like seeing theat people get something useful out of it. I do not enjoy editing and selling. I also do not enjoy managing people. I know that writing is a great fit for me as it gives me a flexible schedule and also let’s me live my dream life of raising my kids at the same time.

Back to the magic, when you meet the demands of the specific role AND simultaneously get the team you are looking for, you will set yourself up for success.

Keep in mind when you are interviewing that you are clear on YOUR needs as that new role and new team should meet your requirements and demands TOO!

Applying for jobs is a two way street. That is important. You want to make sure that that next job will fulfill your objectives.

Candidates who explore this mutual give and take AND know where they fit will be set up to have better job search success and higher job satisfaction to keep you there long term.

As you may already know, poor fit is the number one reason why an employee quits or fails at a job. Therefore making sure you know what’s best for you and honoring your needs will surely help you get there fast.

In order to know what you want to do for work next, you need to ask yourself the following questions. This will help you get to know yourself better, and will also help get you clear on your objectives.

Let your self Q&A commence!

1. What do I bring to the workplace?

2. What are my skills and experience?

3. What have I done for my community during my time off?

4. What do I need and want from my role?

5. What are the specifics in my wheelhouse of priorities? For example, money, benefits, flexible work, options, measurable success, social connection, proximity to home, creative control, etc.

6. Who is my target audience?

7. Am I ready for this work?

8. Have you connected with people that are in a position to hire you and are looking for work?

Once you honestly answer these questions, you’ll have a better idea of the who, what, where, why and how you are going to get there.

What is your next ideal career move?

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