In a time when so many parents feel unsure about the future, job-related uncertainty can take a particularly strong toll on us. It can be especially tough to find the silver lining of a layoff that leads to an extended career break. It’s natural to feel more stressed than usual about the future of your career and the potential financial repercussions for your family.
However, a job hiatus can actually be a really good thing. A break from the daily grind of your job gives you the chance to learn new skills, find alternate income streams (such as online freelancing), or refocus on a passion project.
Whether the break is intentional or involuntary, it’s a great opportunity to use the time for self-improvement. Chances are that you can use a career break to become an even better job candidate in the future. If you use your time off strategically and properly explain your career break in your application, you’ll be more desirable to employers when you rejoin the workforce.
In the graphic below, LiveCareer outlines some simple ways you can make your career break work for you, regardless of the circumstances.