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No matter what the reason, the challenge remains universal: getting back into the corporate workplace without taking a step backward financially or professionally. To ease the transition, there are three job search tips that can help optimize your re-employment results:
Think selectively about what skills to include in your resume. If you are looking to fill the role of accountant, your resume doesn’t need to include information about how you marketed your own product or services. Additionally, don’t include any skills on your resume that you no longer want to perform. Think of this time as the perfect opportunity to finally ditch those unwanted tasks.
If you have been “out of the loop” with your old professional network, it’s time to reconnect. Start by contacting former colleagues to let them know that you are preparing to return to corporate life. This is no time to be shy. Ask their advice about whom to contact within their company that might be interested in your skills and experiences.
Another source of employment leads are your current vendors and professional services providers. Ask their advice on who among their professional circle might be interested in learning about your availability. If you ask for advice, your request comes across as a compliment; most people are flattered to be asked their suggestions, opinions and advice.
Worse still, if you aren’t 100% sure what employers are looking for, you could inadvertently turn them off by coming off as “too entrepreneurial” or “not a team player” in an interview. What the employer is looking for may not be the same skills that made you a success in business. You want to be seen as corporate materialï¿½their corporation.
Interview preparation that includes building a list of accomplishments is one of the best ways to gain competitive advantage. Accomplishments are developed by identifying the major problems and challenges you have overcome, then mapping those results to corporate bottom-line objectives: revenue built, costs cut, and processes improved.
Don’t let anxiety over re-entering corporate life lead to less-than-satisfactory employment. With thoughtful strategy, you can turn the next phase of your career into the best professional years of your life.
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