Back to Work Advice Hub

The following articles aim to guide you through the return to work journey, tackling the mental and the practical challenges, and covering everything from rebuilding your confidence, to deciding what to do next to writing a back-to-work CV. You can find many more advice-based articles on our Back to Your Future blog.

Summary Advice

How to write your New Year return-to-work action plan

10 Tips to get back to work after a career break

Return To Work after a Career Break: An 8 Step Guide for Stay-at-Home Mums

Re-building Professional Confidence

The Confidence Gap – and how to address it

Re-establishing your confidence

You’re not a fraud! Tackling Impostor Syndrome

Building Self-Efficacy – Believing that you can succeed

Body language -The two minute route to self-confidence

Just do it! Taking action to bring back your confidence

Kick-starting your Career Courage

Who am I anyway?

Promoting the experience that comes with age

Is it possible to return to work at 50+?

The value of older women to the workforce

Rebuilding your Professional Identity / Knowing your Strengths

Telling your story

What’s your USC (Unique Strengths Combination)?

Reconnecting with your Professional Self

Setting your career compass: identifying your strengths

Adopting the right mindset for your return to work

Are you your own worst enemy?

Staying on Track

How to develop a growth mindset

Identifying your best return to work supporters?

Moving out of your return to work comfort zone

Staying Motivated

Deciding what to do next

Too few choices: advice on identifying post-break options

Too many choices: how to focus

Family-friendly rather than fulfilling work?

How do you define success?

How to make time for your return to work job search

Routes back to work

Ideas for routes back to work


Creating your own returnship

Starting your own service business

Building a Portfolio Career

Strategic Volunteering – Lending your skills to get ahead

How to creatively craft your next role

Thinking small: an alternative route back to work

Avoiding the Top 10 Return to Work Job Search mistakes

Ten Tips for Starting Up A Home Business

First steps towards a board role

How to set yourself up as a freelancer: practical matters

Returnships: what are they & where can you find them?

Improving networking skills

Do I really have to network?

Top tips for Enjoyable Networking

Five ways to build your back to work networks

Don’t Talk Yourself Out of an Opportunity

Are you missing the point of networking at an event 

Writing your CV & cover letter

Make your CV stand out: Use Action Verbs

How to write your post-break CV

How to write a back-to-work cover letter

The ‘CV gap’ barrier: Evidence it exists & how to get over it

Return to work CV: ideas & tips

What about the gap in my CV?

Using LinkedIn & Social Media

LinkedIn – an essential tool for your return to work

Dipping your toes in the social media pool

Preparing for Interviews

Six essential steps for successful interviewing

How to prepare for competency-based interviews

Responding to “You’re overqualified for the role”

How to shine in telephone interviews

How informational interviews can help with your return to work

The 5 steps to successfully negotiate your return-to-work role

What to Wear to Interviews

The Informational Interview – and how to approach it

Preparing practically for your return

Advance preparation for your return to work

Preparing for your first months back at work

Returning after relocation

Returning to work after an international relocation: culture, language and identity

Routes back to work for expatriates: going independent

Developing sustainable Work- Life Balance

Changing the image of work-life balance

Creating your own work-life balance

Sharing is Caring: Job sharing as a supportive way to return to work

Returning to Work – Is there a Middle Ground?

Are you focusing on family-friendly rather than fulfilling work?

Are you trying to be a work-home Superhero?

Creating your work-life balance: energy matters as much as time

Finding & negotiating flexible work

How to Find a Part-time or Flexible Job

How do I find a high level flexible role?

Be flexible about flexibility

How to Negotiate Flexible Work

 Are there any senior level flexible jobs?

Can you do a senior level job share