Returning to work

Return to work

If you have recently been made redundant or are seeking to return to work after a career break, read our top tips on how to update your CV and prepare for an interview.

Assess your situation 

  • Consider why you took the break and make sure you are ready to go back to work.
  • Address any issues which prevented you from working (childcare, illness, stress and other commitments). 
  • Think about the financial and family implications of returning to work (childcare costs and limits on benefits you can claim).  

Prepare to work

Update your CV 

  • Make sure your CV is up to date and well written. Advice on what you need to include can be found on the National Careers Service website.
  • Address your career break on your CV rather than leaving a blank. Mention what you’ve been doing in this time (such as volunteering, raising a family, studying) and explain the skills you’ve gained from this. 
  • You may want to consider a covering letter too. It is important to be clear about your career break but use this as an opportunity to explain why you want to return to work.

Prepare for an interview 

  • Research the company that you are interviewing for. If it is practical, you could visit the store or site.
  • Prepare to answer questions about your career break, be clear and honest. 
  • Avoid being negative. For example, if you were made redundant then you could refer to this as the opportunity for a new start. 
  • Don’t forget that employers just want to make sure you’re the right person for the job. A break is only an issue when it isn’t explained.  
  • For further interview advice click here.