Market research job hunting after a career break can be hard. It doesn’t matter why you’ve taken the time out – whether to have children, care for a parent or partner, travel the world, or just to do something completely different – you are presented with the same set of worries about getting back into the workplace when you decide you’re ready to do it. So here are some handy tips to help you get to where you want to be:
What do you want to do? – It’s a simple enough question but really think about the answer to it. Do you want to go back to the same sort of thing in the market research job that you were doing before, or was there a reason you left and you want to try something new? Give it some thought, and do some research and consider what hours you’d like to work and for what type of organisation, and doing what.
Get back into the professional mind set! – Fill in any gaps that you’ve missed whilst you’ve been out of the game – have technology and systems changed whilst you’ve been on a break? Make sure you get back up-to-date with what’s going on in the market research or digital industry. Network, follow key people from your industry on Twitter and Instagram and get reading some good blogs on the area in which you want to apply for jobs. Get your head back in the zone.
CV & Covering Letter – Use your career break on your CV. Include a section about what you’ve done with your break, what you’ve learnt and about the transferable skills that you’ve gained. Never try to hide it, and use your covering letter to unpack what you wrote on your CV and why you’re ready to start in the wonderful world of work again! And if you need more tips on refreshing your CV, see our recent blog post….
Interview – When you get to the interview stage make sure you’ve taken even longer than usual doing your preparation. You need to think about how to very positively explain your career break, including what you learnt during it, and you need to demonstrate that you’re up to speed with all the industry market trends and new technologies. This is your big chance to shine, so don’t waste it!
We hope you find these tips helpful, and if you need further advice from us about returning to work after a break, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the UK’s leading market research recruitment agency – Research Talent Hub. Joanna or Ivana will happily assist you with genuine passion and enthusiasm (after all that’s what we are famous for!). Happy Job Hunting!