The Best Way to Get a New Job in Your Old Field

You wanted to try something new. Or perhaps you took time off to travel or to stay home and raise your children.

There are tons of reasons why you might step off your career path for a year (or three). But you can always go back—right?

That’s actually a trick question—one with a “yes” as well as a “no” answer. Yes, you can get back to your old career, but no one said it would be easy.

Even if you have an incredible comeback resume, you may face some hiring managers who look at you the same way Apple store employees viewed my 2009 laptop: front of the pack—six years ago, that is.

Getting a job in your field the second time around can be just as challenging as it was the first. But there’s one key difference (a.k.a. secret weapon), and that’s your network. Read on to learn why (and how) your prior professional contacts can help you get back to your desired field.

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