Tap into professional associations, clubs, and even informal peer groups. Look for websites, publications, and events in your chosen field, and use business social media networks, such as LinkedIn and Xing, to connect to people in similar positions. Reach out to anyone and everyone you knew when you were doing your early training. Make a list and track them down. It’s likely that those who stayed in your field will now be very experienced and in senior positions with decision-making authority, according to Tulgan. “Reach out to all of them – one by one – and start by asking for their advice about how to break back into the field,” he said.
Take it easy
Give yourself time to slowly and sensibly ease yourself back in, said Briggs Capital’s Robertson. One way to do this is to track the industry and stay involved from a distance. This can mean anything from networking to moonlighting to participating in social media. “Eventually you’ll find your way back in,” he said.
“What would your life be like in this new career area? said Florida-based Susan Ford Collins, speaker, trainer, and author of The Joy of Success. “Your day, your home, your commute and job?” she asked. “Positive feelings provide passion and drive.”
Time to rework your CV
Ask yourself the following, suggested Ford Collins: “How has what you have been doing since your training years ago prepared you for returning to this area? How are you better prepared than ever before?” Make the case to yourself first and then communicate it in your new resume or CV.