Have you found yourself trying to get back into work after a career break but wanted to brush up on your skills?
As a specialist charity recruiter, we have first-hand knowledge of the job market, sector trends and understand the challenges and opportunities that are open to you. Check out some of our tips below which includes tools to help you learn new skills, how to use social media to your advantage and where to look for jobs.
Learn some new skills
If you haven’t been in employment in a while your digital skills might not be what they use to be. Never fear - there is a multitude of free online courses available.
Social media has become a part of everyday life for many, both in and out of work and is a great source to help with your job hunt.
LinkedIn is an especially valuable tool in your job search, make sure your profile is up to date and then build your profile by connecting with old colleagues, recruiters and individuals in any industry that may be of interest.
Use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to follow organisations, charities, individuals, stay on top of sector news, and engage in conversations. Don’t be afraid to let people know that you are looking to get back into work; many recruiters use these platforms to find candidates!
Volunteering or temporary work
You might think that volunteering or temporary work is not suitable for you – but why not! It’s a fantastic way for you to ease your way back into the working environment. You can learn new skills, gain new experience and find a role that fits around your schedule and needs. You never know, it could lead to a permanent role.
Websites to check out include:
Do-it.org - to help you find a volunteering opportunity near you.
CharityJob - the UK's largest and most specialised job board carrying non-profit, NGO, social enterprise and voluntary jobs. They host a variety of roles across the UK and many other locations worldwide.
Every agency is different and will have expertise in different areas, don’t be afraid to sign up, set up job alerts and apply for roles. We have dedicated resources to help job seekers including: