No matter how good your holiday was, or how long you've been looking after the children, you know that you can't escape work forever! If you are feeling scared or fearful of going back to the 9-5 routine, don't panic because most people feel this way. Here are 9 ways to dampen that mood and get you back on your feet to work.
1. Refresh your wok memory
Get your confidence back by doing a refresher course specific to your area of interest. Find out what's been happening in the industry, and in particular with your company, and talk about this in interviews.
2. Set your own pace
If you're been out of the workplace for some time, it's often a good idea to start off part-time until you find a balance. whether you're returning to work with small children or after your big kids have flown the nest, your priorities are going to be very different from what they were before, so establish what it is you want and expect from your new job before committing to a full-time contract.
3. Don't get emotional
Pitching for a promotion or pay rise can be daunting but the trick is to be confident in what you have to offer. Never plead, and don't allow yourself to get emotional - be exact about why you deserve to be promoted. If you need to, write notes and bring these with you when you approach your boss.
4. Use life skills in the workplace
Managing household finances and juggling a raft of other chores means that you're probably a very skilled organizer. So play up these strengths in your CV rather than skirting over your time out of the workplace.
5. Congratulate yourself for all your achievements - big or small
Confidence is vital if you're going to succeed at work. If you don't believe in yourself, why would anyone else? Recall your success, however small, whenever your self-esteem takes a knock. Look to your role models and remember: if they can do it, so you can.
6. Dress to succeed, not to distract
Appearance is really important - when you look for the part, you feel the part. remember, though - clothes can't hide your failings, so don't use a smart outfit to cover up the work you haven't done or the enthusiasm you don't have. Your outfit should reflect your standard of work and your attitude.
7. Communicate with your boss
Like most relationships, when it comes to dealing with your boss, communication is a key. If you have an idea, don't be afraid to put it forward - a good boss will be grateful for your input and impressed by your desire to contribute to the running of the business.
8. Keep your early enthusiasm
It's normal for that early rush of excitement in your job to fade. Speak to your boss about on-the-job training or set yourself new goals so that you're always faced with fresh challenges.
9. Take a short course
It's vital to keep broadening your knowledge. Take a course in something unrelated to your job - employers like to see you have outside interests and dedication.
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