From approaching your old boss to writing a CV and cover letter, Dave Smith shares his advice on making your return a success. T here are many reasons why you may consider approaching a previous employer with a view to returning to familiar shores. Whether it's because your new role isn't quite living up to expectations, the lure of a coveted position which was previously out of reach suddenly becoming available, or simply because you miss your former colleagues. Whatever the reason, you'll need a carefully planned strategy to make sure your homecoming is a success.
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Women returners: Back to your future: How to Write a "Back to Work" Cover Letter
Applying to jobs when you're in your 50s, 60s, or beyond brings with it some unique challenges. Sure, you have plenty of experience. But hiring managers don't necessarily see all those years on the job as an asset. They may believe seasoned, mature candidates will expect more money or responsibility, struggle to work with a younger manager, or lack up-to-date skills.
Cover Letter Tips for Would-Be Retirees
You've worked for thirty years, and now you've packed up your desk, enjoyed your last slice of goodbye-party cake, and headed out the office doors for the last time. But the universe is a funny place. And instead of relaxing on the beach for the duration of your golden years, you're now finding yourself back in the work game, staying up late to edit and polish your cover letter and resume for a new position as. Who knew?
As is often said, it's usually easier to get a new job when you already have one than when you're unemployed, especially if you've been out of the workforce for longer than a few months. Whether the circumstances of your current status were beyond your control or you voluntarily took a break to pursue other interests or attend to the needs of your family, there's often a concern that prospective bosses will view this gap in service as a reflection of your competence, commitment or ability to work well with others. A well conceived cover letter can assuage these doubts and make employers receptive to an interview to learn more. Identify the position to which you are applying in a subject line at the top of your letter, under the addresses, date, and salutation.