By Team iRelaunch
Now, employers that are running their own career reentry programs targeting people who take career breaks will be able to identify more clearly who has taken a career break and their recruiters will be able to do keyword searches using the career break as a keyword in order to find candidates for their programs.
The iRelaunch #CallOutYourBreak Initiative
As the demand for relaunchers increases, it is becoming more important for relaunchers to identify themselves and call out the career breaks that make them eligible for these employer career reentry programs and for employers to be aware of the range of ways relaunchers express their career breaks so as not to miss a qualified applicant.
The #CallOutYourBreak campaign encourages the use of the LinkedIn Career Break feature by individuals and encourages employers with career reentry programs to announce how much they want to see the career breaks called out on the LinkedIn profile.
How Employers Can Participate: Encourage the use of LinkedIn's new Career Breaks feature!
Employers: download our ready-to-go templates, add your organization's logo and branding and POST! Our only requirement is that your career reentry program be in-house and not subcontracted to a third party. The career reentry program should have a dedicated landing page on your employer's own website.
How Relaunchers Can Participate: Use LinkedIn's New Feature to Call Out Your Career Break!
Once you've followed LinkedIn’s instructions to add a Career Break to your profile, be sure to download our guide for relaunchers that shows how you can enhance your reach by posting the link to your new and improved profile on all your social media using the #CallOutYourBreak hashtag. The more career breaks that are clearly called out, the more relaunchers will be recognized as eligible for employer career reentry programs and more will be hired.
Our guide also includes instructions on how to post on LinkedIn and other social media platforms to show how you are calling out your career break, inspiration and ideas on what to include in the description section of your career break, sample social media language that you can make your own, and a #CallOutYourBreak photo frame for your LinkedIn profile so you are quickly and easily identified as a relauncher.
For those relaunchers who want even more employers running career reentry programs and with relauncher-friendly job opportunities to see their background and career break, be sure to register for our Job Board (free for job-seeking relaunchers) where employers go when they are specifically looking for relaunchers!
Be sure to follow us on social to see this institutional shift take place in real time. Follow the stories of relaunchers calling out their career breaks and employers encouraging relaunchers to call out their career breaks! And of course, be sure to use the hashtag #CallOutYourBreak to help us continue the conversation and drive change forward.
Finally, subscribe to iRelaunch's #CallOutYourBreak Newsletter on LinkedIn to see which employers are championing career breaks and actual examples of how relaunchers are using the new LinkedIn feature to call out their career breaks.
Let's Make Change Together
Our vision is for every employer with an entry level college internship program to be running a midcareer reentry program side by side. Mainstream adoption of employer career reentry programs is a key step in reaching this goal.
Learn more about LinkedIn’s Career Break feature in our exclusive 3,2,1 iRelaunch podcast interview with LinkedIn’s Bef Ayenew, Engineering Leader of the LinkedIn profile page and a major force behind the new Career Breaks category.