Returning to the workforce

For those treading non-traditional career paths, such as stay-at-home moms, diving into a job search after being out of the workforce for a long time is daunting. This is especially true for job seekers who don't have much professional experience to begin with.

If this sounds like you, you're probably in the middle of re-assembling your resume, buying new interview clothes, and getting back into the job-seeking mindset. Not to mention, you have to prepare to compete with candidates who have been career-building for years. Getting employers to notice you enough to nail down an interview is tough, to say the least.

Fortunately, there's still a lot you can do to reframe your career gap, highlight your strengths, and get back in the game.

One of the best things you can do to make any job application shine is to tailor your resume to each position you apply for. This is something you should do no matter your personal situation, because putting that extra bit of time and effort into each resume is a great way to make your application stand out from the competition.

Most job seekers only use one general resume for every application they assemble, and then make small tweaks depending on the circumstances. This strategy is a good start, but making your resume specifically relevant to the needs of each position will help you get noticed by employers and show them you're fully qualified.

Another approach is to utilize a resume format that de-emphasizes your employment gap. Using a skills-based, functional resume helps to move the hiring manager's attention away from your work history, and toward parts of your application that better highlight your other strengths — such as your skills or resume objective.

Resume Genius has put together a concise infographic outlining five simple tips for resume writing to help anyone looking to rejoin the workforce. Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or someone else with a non-traditional career trajectory, these suggestions can help you land more interviews and eventually find fulfilling work.

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