Mohammed Roshan

Hi,Iam mother of two kids, took a break of six years after serving as a HR Exe for two years and customer care for a manufacturing company for one year,I have done my PGDBM in HR & Finance,I have got the passion and dreamt always to be a working women,so

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RE: Hi,Iam mother of two kids, took a break of six years after serving as a HR Exe for two years and customer care for a manufacturing company for one year,I have done my PGDBM in HR & Finance,I have got the passion and dreamt always to be a working women,so

Sumit Basu
Sumit Basu
Verified Career Expert
Head at MARKS Consultancy Services
  • Kolkata

Hi Sasikala,
I'm not too sure if you have already got the desired break, however I think you can join a recruitment agency/search firm. Your MBA HR will come handy. Being in a placement agency, you will be able to understand the market demands better and then plan your career accordingly.
Regards,
Sumit

RE: Hi,Iam mother of two kids, took a break of six years after serving as a HR Exe for two years and customer care for a manufacturing company for one year,I have done my PGDBM in HR & Finance,I have got the passion and dreamt always to be a working women,so

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
Verified Career Expert
PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur

Hi, I am so glad to advice you on your question. Know what? I am a researcher and one of my research areas is about ON-RAMPING WOMEN CAREERS SUCCESSFULLY - meaning taking a smooth transition into career after a career break. First of all, salute to your thoughts on deciding to make a come back to your career. I always appreciate women willing to work and not intending to step back, glad you are one of them.


Actually there are many ways to give that spark on your dull CV. There is one strategy that will keep you on foot even when you are out of work and it is the NGO/ charity work. Not many women pay attention to this during their career break because they might not be sure of coming back to work after a few years. However, if you get to attend some part time work, or do small projects for NGO's and charities now and then all through your break times, this will keep you at high standards when you are coming back to career. Employers will get impressed with you, and they will understand that you are workalholic and had been doing something even when out of work. So think about some mini projects that you can help with for now. Pile up such things on your resume and it will pay it off for sure.

Practically, not many companies will happily recruit you after a career break because you had lost touch both with technicalities and functionalities. However there are some SME's that might be interested to recruit you. So don't lose your heart. Knock on small recruiting firms first. You may approach some recruitment agencies in the beginning. You may also try with MNC's however on the flip side, they might take you on an entry level role because you had a long break. So think wisely if you want to start with a brand company from a HR Associate role or probably with a SME from a Recruiter role. If I were you, I would seek a HR Associate position with a well known firm, and will try to stick to that company for the next ten years at least.

For employers to be pleased to select you after a break - there are two strategies.
1. Education top up: This means doing a part time professional certificate course. I would highly recommend you to do an executive program in HR with IIM Calcutta or IIM Indore. They run this course part time for one year and you also get a chance to visit their campus for two weeks to attend seminars and worshops. While you are studying this course, you will have great opportunity to network with people and your job opportunities will start opening up. I heard employers also conduct interviews for people graduating from this course through the IIM Alumni network so this is a great chance to give that kick start.

2. Functional knowledge top up: If you don't have plans to study further, then you should be able to prove to employers that you are not out of knowledge. So you need to sincerely brush up on your past knowledge. If you were an extensive MS office, especially Excel user in your previous work, then you should brush up those skills once again before taking up an interview. You should recall on all the functional knowledge that you worked at a few years before. Also start talking to some HR to get advice on interview presentation. Most importantly, try to gather information on the rounds of interview that the company may conduct on you. Go prepared well. You are sure to rock on.

Lastly, always try to give hand to mini projects that come up with charity organisations or with the local Ngo's If you ever take up a career break again, this is something that would save you high. Good luck.

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