Dealing with a career gap and lack of references?

In my latest “Ask a Career Coach” columns in the Globe and Mail Careers, a reader asks how to deal with a tough situation in his job search.

Shortly after graduating university, he was unable to pursue a career due to medical issues. Now years later, he is better and resuming his job search but has no recent references given the pause in his career. I offered a few tips — and things to think about beyond references.

The advice may be relevant for anyone in job-search mode. While references are important when presenting yourself as a worthy candidate – there is a whole lot more to consider as well. Equally important is a networking strategy as well as concrete ways to demonstrate you are up to date and work-ready (courses, retooling, etc). I also touch on volunteering. I have often heard of people who have landed great jobs leading to very full careers via a volunteer role.  Have a read of the article- and as always, I welcome your comments.

To a TGIM work and life!

Eileen

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