Learn what being a member does for you
The Seller Styles
Learn the styles and take your free assessment
See a summary of all our programs and certifications
Certified Professional Sales Person(CPSP®)
Develop your potential as a certified sales professional
Certified Professional Sales Leader(CPSL®)
Grow your impact as a certified sales leader
Certified Master Sales Professional (CMSP®)
Join the elite group of sales professionals and leaders
Advanced Sales Influence (ASI)
Take your influence and leadership to the next level.
Sales Success Principles
Learn foundational sales behaviors, strategies, and skills
Power of Contact Marketing
Learn from marketing expert and author Stu Heinecke
Join the top 1% of sales professionals in the world.
Next Level Virtual Coaching
Join our ongoing dynamic virtual coaching community
Explore job postings from some of the best companies in the country looking for sales professionals
Daily Dose of Influence!
Enjoy our video series of influence tips and strategies
Leads To Growth
Dig into our podcast featuring industry leaders and experts
Learn from our high-level sales coaching video series
Women of Sales & Influence – Facebook Live Series
Be inspired by our Facebook Live series spotlighting top women influencers
Women of Sales & Influence – Video Blog
Enjoy valuable, high-level sales strategies to empower your sales goals
The Growth Quotient
You’ve heard about IQ, but what is your GQ?
Our Commitment to You
We are here to help your approach to sales, how you interact with others, and how you perform and execute
NASP Sales Blog
Learn from our member-submitted articles for sales professionals
Write For Us
Share your sales expertise and insights with our community
About Our CEO
Standards of Conduct
Common Questions and Answers
One of the toughest career challenges for women is re-entering the job market after a break in employment. Women experience employment breaks for various reasons:
No matter what the reason, the challenge remains universal: getting back into the workforce without taking a step backward professionally.
1. Prepare a resume based on transferable skills
2. Reconnect with your network
3. Gain confidence by increasing your interview skills
As a career coach, I’m often asked by returning professional women how to account for the gaps in employment on their resumes. That’s the first and best question to ask. The answer is to recognize the transferable skills you used during the time you were not employed. Skills gained off the job can still be translated into corporate assets that any potential employer would value: event planning, problem solving, conflict resolution, and negotiation skills, to name a few. View that period of your career as transitional time rather than time off, and evaluate your skills with an objective eye.
Most women spend a certain amount of time and energy working with others in a volunteer capacity during their time away from the workplace. For instance, serving on PTA or other youth group or church boards, neighborhood associations, or community sports functions. Any work performed with others toward a common goal allows opportunities to strengthen and exhibit skills needed on any job. Assess your accomplishments off the job the same way you would on the job. You may be surprised how much you achieved.
Long-term unemployment tends to isolate one from the groups of people who can provide the most information about employment opportunities. Those who are already employed have the advantage of learning about jobs through their professional association peers and company grapevine.
If you have been “out of the loop” with your old professional network, it’s time to reconnect. Start by calling or emailing old colleagues to let them know that you are preparing to return to work. 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.
If you’ve never had a professional network, then it’s time to build one. Seek out one of the many associations for professional women in your area. There is no better place to meet new contacts who can help you in your job search than a women’s networking event. It’s still true that most people find new jobs through tips from others.
A common problem among returning job seekers is loss of confidence in their perceived value to potential employers. Lack of confidence is impossible to hide in an interview. Nothing is less impressive than low confidence.
Interview preparation that includes building a list of accomplishments is one of the best ways to restore confidence. Accomplishments are developed by identifying the major problems and challenges you have overcome, whether on the job or off. Accomplishment statements are valuable interview material, helping you prove your ability to meet prospective employers’ challenges.
Re-entering the workforce after several years does not need to cause the desperation that leads to less-than-satisfactory employment. With thoughtful strategy, any woman can turn the next phase of her career into the best professional years of her life.
About the author