If you have been out of the workforce for a considerable period of time, it is always hard to get back into work. When setting about applying for jobs that you want, it is important to cover your period of absence on your CV and in your covering letter. It allows the employer to deal with the answer and reason before deciding if you are able to do the job. If you ignore it and leave it to an employer’s imagination they will simply think you have been out of work and not tried to get back into work.
Don’t forget to update your CV before starting to apply for jobs. Add relevant skills etc. It’s also wise to learn about current technology too. Take a look at social media as well to see the latest trends.
If you have seen a job you want to apply for and want to know how to tackle your period of absence in your covering letter, please see the below letter which you can use as an example:
Re-Entering to the WorkForce Cover Example
Application for (what role)
Please find enclosed my CV as I would be interested in applying for the (name of role) which you have got advertised in (what publication and when).
Since (what date/year) I have unfortunately had a period of being out of work due to (what reason – redundancy, sickness, bereavement) and I am now seeking to return to the workplace and I am very interested in the role that you have advertised.
I have (what skills are relevant to the role you are applying for or sector experience if not related to the role).
I am a very organised person who is dedicated to my work. I have been very frustrated being out of work. I enjoy new challenges and I am always keen to learn. I am very excited about finding a new career and working hard at something I enjoy.
I have enclosed my CV for your consideration, should you have any interest in my skills and experience, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.
Your application letter should be unique so amend this example letter as suitable before using sending it to the employers. Good luck.