If you’ve ever taken a break in your career, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey conducted by Censuswide on behalf of LinkedIn, more than half of professionals have taken a career break. Yet for far too long, the possibility of embarking on a career break has been overshadowed by stigma, which 60% of people believe still exists.
The good news is, sentiment around taking a career break is changing for the better: 46% of hiring managers believe candidates with career breaks are an untapped talent pool. Today, we’re introducing new tools and resources to help people re-enter the workforce after taking a career break.
LinkedIn is introducing a new way to represent a career break in the Experience section of your LinkedIn Profile, with options like caregiving and health and well-being. Although it may feel uncomfortable to bring up with potential employers, hirers actually want to know more about your career break: 51% say they are more likely to contact a candidate that provides context.
By adding a career break to your Profile, you can highlight how these life experiences can apply to prospective jobs. In many cases, it’s your off-your-resume experience that truly gets to the heart of your passions, gifts and strengths.
Navigating the transition from a career break back to the workforce can feel overwhelming. In fact, 56% of people who took a break say they felt nervous about returning to work. If you’re ready to take the next step, here are some resources to help:
Free LinkedIn Learning courses throughout March to help you build confidence and showcase your skills:
The pandemics has only been making it more complicated and challenging for one to pursue a linear career path. It is time to demonstrate your empathic leadership in considering the contribution someone with a career break can bring to your organization. To learn how you too can retain and recruit talents, we are here to help.
*According to a January 2022 global survey of 22,995 workers and 4,017 hiring managers conducted by Censuswide on behalf of LinkedIn