5 ways to get back to work after a break It’s not easy to get a satisfactory job after a hiatus, especially for women. Here are the various options that can help you kickstart your career all over again, says Chandralekha Mukerji.

A returnship programme works like an internship and acts as a bridge to get back to job. Companies recruit on a temporary basis, test the but are say up your and , industry likely do after skills not upgrade to six expect and be standard months train paid yourself the for you , compensation if for the you , . so They the projects that perform position then you you absorb to well can . “ match Nearly work catch . You you on , , II 70-80% of the candidates get an offer letter Tech Most bring facilitator company after , completion big women Dell companies ,” , , relauncHER says IBM back , L Jyotika of ’Oreal to their like work , a and Singh Tata training platform after Maybelline , , GE founder a , with Cisco career that the and , helps have HCL break. II returnship programmes, only for women. “This is because over 90% of the resumes with career breaks are of women,” says Sairee Chachal, founder, SHEROES, a mentorship and job search platform for women professionals.



Finding a job is tougher when you have taken a break and lost touch with the right people in the industry. Here, return-towork boot camps, like the ones by SHEROES and relauncHER, help. These workshops provide a networking platform to accelerate the hiring process. They arrange for industry meet-ups and create forums for networking with the HR heads and industry leaders, who can mentor you to make the process smoother. “Returning to work after a break requires realigning priorities with reality and a struc tured approach, and an ecosystem helps one build better momentum,” says Chachal. However, these forums do not guarantee recruitment and you have to be open about opportunities. “Understand that you might have to start at a level lower than the one you had earlier, and you should be ready to explore new avenues,” says Singh. 

You may not realise it, but volunteering can help you find employment, especially if you are trying to learn new skills or shift to a new sector. An employer values an on-job experience more, so rather than doing a course to upgrade your knowledge, you can give your services for free to fill the gap in your resume. You can also try overseas volunteering. The selection criteria are quite simple. The companies might ask only for a graduation degree in the area of work, or for an interview. Most of these programmes also give you a stipend. Organisations like iVolunteer Overseas can help you find such opportunities in areas like health, disability, education, livelihood and community empowerment.


  Don’t want to go back to a nine-to-five schedule? There are many part-time options for professionals with prior experience. You can take up projects, be a freelancer or choose a flexi-time option, wherein you can work in an office or from a remote location, your home. These options typically look for experience in business development, recruiting, programming, teaching, marketing communication and content development. People with technical skills, such as Web or graphic designers or JavaScript engineers, will also find ample opportunities. If your profile or skill-set doesn’t match these, try approaching a start-up or a small firm, which values your experience and is more flexible with the recruitment policy. You can, of course, be a consultant in your area of expertise. 


 Starting a business is gratifying, but has its challenges, more so if you are returning to the market after a long time. A franchise or an affiliate programme, where you become a part of a partner network, can be a safer route. “It allows you to de-risk the operation with established business models and a support structure provided by partners,” says Singh. You receive training to run the business along with support material. One of the constraints here is initial investment. For instance, even a low-cost franchise, as the one from SmartQ Education Solutions, a Mumbai-based venture in afterschool educational activities and workshops, requires a one-time, non-refundable, initial partner fee of 40,000 and 2,000 for the joining kit. The renewal fee is 10,000 annually. Another draw back is time commitment and complete control of your business. “Franchises can be very demanding and interfering,” says Singh. So plan realistically before signing up.

Source : The Economics Times

Date : 28/4/2014

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