Returning to the workforce can be difficult, especially if you haven’t sat in an office cubicle for months or even years. But a recruiter can give you the structure, guidance, and information you need to get back out there—so don’t give up or lose hope! Don’t believe us? Here are some main reasons why working with a recruiter is beneficial.
They can easily connect you to opportunities
Your friends and family can only help you so much; a recruiter, on the other hand, offers a wealth of industry knowledge. Regardless of the industry, they know what companies are looking for, and they have the tools that can help you land the job you want.
To connect you to the right role, recruiters also take an interest in your wishes. Recruiters are ready to set goals with you, developing a long-term plan that aligns with your expected career trajectory. If you’re not sure where to start, they can point you in the right direction.
Do you want to work for a large company or a small, tight-knit community? What interests you? Are you looking for specific responsibilities? Do you have a schedule in mind? What do you want your future to look like? Recruiters will help you work through all these questions to find the best possible fit.
They can see your successes and skills
It’s easy to fall into self-doubt when looking for a job, especially if you’re reentering the workforce after a long absence. You recognize the competition, fearing your experience doesn’t equate to theirs. Maybe you feel like you might be “rusty” after such a long time away.
A recruiter can help you embrace your strengths and weaknesses, and they can help you demonstrate your value. Sometimes, your best qualities are things you don’t necessarily notice as much as outsiders do, which is why a recruiter is essential in your job search.
They can recognize changes in the job market
It’s easy to think about the job market as it was when you were working, but you’ll need to think again when you’re reentering the workforce after a long absence.
Over time, jobs in certain industries change, and recruiters understand this. Technology might have made your old role obsolete, while there might be new roles in developing fields, such as the medical and software industries. To better prepare you for interviews, recruiters can help you find ways to discuss your experience regarding responsibilities and accomplishments rather than time. Therefore, you can show prospective employers that you can adapt to change, despite a gap in your resume. Talking about your past like it was so long ago can divert potential employers, so recruiters can help you navigate how companies nowadays see candidates.
They can help you weigh your options
Recruiters can also help you weigh your options. You might have your heart set on a specific position at your dream company, but there’s a possibility that there’s a role out there that’s better suited for you. While finding a job is a difficult task on its own, deciding between two or more opportunities can be even more stressful. However, a recruiter can help you recognize the positions and industries that fit your personality, experience, and requirements.
They can prepare you for your return
You’ve prepared for your absence by coming up with a plan to rediscover what you’re searching for in your career. Now, you need to prepare for your return.
Crafting an updated resume can be a daunting task because you don’t want employers to question the large gap in your work experience. While you might see that gap as a bruise on an otherwise perfect resume, recruiters see it as an opportunity to flesh out the experiences that have helped shape you. Maybe you acquired skills that are certain to impress potential employers—this is the perfect opportunity to include them on paper.
Recruiters can also help you compile professional references. Numerous prospective employers want to see that there are people who can vouch for your skills. Together, you can create a list of professionals who can speak for your work ethic, skills, and talent.
After you create a resume, gather your professional references, and come up with a cover letter you’re satisfied with, show the world what you can do. You’re going to do great!
They can help you fill in the blanks
Depending on your situation, you might have already known that there would be professional penalties against you for not keeping a consistent work history. Don’t fret—this isn’t going to ruin your career. Though, you’ll have to be ready to tackle the elephant in the room.
Employers can’t always determine why the dates on your resume don’t align. This is why you’ll need to be upfront with them and explain why the gap exists and how you’ve benefited from or used your time off. If you took any relevant classes or traveled abroad, this is a great time to expand on those experiences. However, if you’re not sure what to say or feel like you don’t have anything to say at all, a recruiter can help you find the words.
No matter what, recruiters can’t help you be confident all on their own. As tempting as it may be, don’t apologize to anyone or make excuses; returning to the workforce is a hard and noble undertaking—and you have so much to offer. Recruiters are a wonderful resource who can help you find and tap into your confidence. It’s normal for people to take a break, to step away from the career ladder—so try not to stress too much about it.
After your career break, work with a recruiting company that can provide the resources you need. To get you back into the swing of things, Burnett’s Staffing offers cover letter writing tips, interview tips, and so much more. Contact us today to utilize our plentiful years of expertise—we love helping individuals just