A New Way to Represent Career Breaks on LinkedIn


We’re introducing a new way to represent a career break in the Experience section of the LinkedIn Profile, with 13 options including caregiving, and health and well-being. By adding a career break to your Profile, you can stand out to hirers by highlighting how these life experiences can apply to prospective jobs: 51% of hirers say they are more likely to contact a candidate that provides context about their career break. 

For more information on what we’re launching, please see below:

  • A LinkedIn article from Senior Product Manager, Camilla Han-He that provides more details on the news.
  • LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions Blog, with more information on how employers can embrace inclusive hiring practices and the value candidates with career breaks can bring at work.

The new career breaks feature is rolling out to our members globally and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.

Free resources for those looking to re-enter the workforce

To help people take the next step in their career after a career break, we’re also offering free LinkedIn Learning courses throughout March: 

  • Returning to work with a resume gap
  • Preparing your family leave and return
  • Negotiating work flexibility

Understanding sentiment around career breaks

To understand how people and hirers perceive career breaks, we conducted a global survey which uncovered the below key insights. 

Career breaks are common, especially for women

  • The majority of women (64%) have experienced a career break at some point in their career with top reasons including parental leave (22%), medical leave (17%) and mental health reasons (14%). 
  • In January 2022 on LinkedIn, 70% of career break-related searches and 67% of career break-related posts globally came from female members. 
  • Women are taking longer to re-enter the workforce. In the US, there was a 39% increase in the length of time women in the US took a career break. 

Many who took a career break were parents who were faced with having to choose between work and family 

  • Of women who noted their last career break was due to parental leave: 48% say they felt they have had to choose between prioritizing their career over their kids and 59% worry they don’t spend enough time with their children because of their career.
  • 41% of women say they found it difficult to tell their employer they were taking a career break to have children and 60% of women say they were nervous about returning to work after taking a career break to have children.

Career breaks can be valuable in assessing priorities in work and life

  • 53% of people say they are better at their job after having a career break. And 51% of hiring managers believe people who take career breaks can restart their careers at any time. 
  • 69% of people say taking a career break helped them to gain perspective and figure out what they really want from life and 68% say taking a break positively impacted their wellbeing.

People want a better way to share more about their career break

  • 64% of people wish there was a way to positively represent career breaks to hirers and 52% of hiring managers believe candidates should proactively bring up their career break during the interview and highlight what they learned during that time. 
  • 48% of hirers think the biggest mistake candidates make when discussing their career breaks is undervaluing themselves in terms of compensation or seniority of role.
  • When it comes to applying lessons learned from a career break at work, 74% of people who have taken a career break believe employers valued the skills they gained. And hiring managers agree, 50% of hiring managers believe people returning from a career break have often gained valuable soft skills and 46% believe candidates undersell them. 

Executive Career Coach Janelle Reid Teaches Job Candidates How To “Awaken Their Value Proposition”

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.Sept. 9, 2021PRLog — After fifteen years in Human Resources with global businesses, Executive Career Coach Janelle Reid is ready to tell the world how she went from chasing success to creating value and defining her value proposition. Janelle Reid is set to release her self-published book titled Awakening Your Value Proposition: How To Be At Your Best To Deliver Solutions which serves as an essential guide for many as we enter a different corporate landscape. The book will be released on September 25, 2021 during a physical book launch event that will be taking place at The Westin Mount Laurel (555 Fellowship Rd, Mt Laurel Township, NJ 08054) at 2 pm EST.

Reid is the founder of Divine Career Solutions who teaches and equips both business owners and professionals seeking to start, advance, or transition with competencies that add value to employers and deliver inclusive workforce solutions for professional & leadership development to help people build businesses and their teams. She is committed to empowering individuals by identifying career needs, providing business strategy consulting and creating the roadmap to excel & advance in their career or business.

Janelle was the highest-ranking African American & Women global executive VP of HR over 2 countries and has successfully transitioned from Corporate America to full-time business owner while continuing to make six figures. “I transferred the same confidence, courage, strength & authority that I had in Corporate America to business ownership by remembering that my business is not about me; it’s about serving & empowering people by helping them identify their value & maximize it to deliver solutions,” says Reid.

This same advice along with much more is now accessible with Reid’s book, enabling more and more people to have the right tools to find a job that suits them all while preparing and aiding individuals for entrance into a workforce that is constantly shifting, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. With her lively wit, stories of success and failures, and dozens of practical tips, she will share with you how to convert your skills and talents to value and achieve your goals.

During the September 25th in-person launch event guests can expect to hear about the following:

●      How A Disciplined Thought Life Can Assist In Landing Your Next Position

●      Ways in in which you can uncover your identity and walk in it

●      Monetize your competencies to be the competitive edge within the talent marketplace

●      How you can Produce value creation in your career, business, and the marketplace with your skills and talents

●      And much more…

For more information about Janelle and what she has to offer please visit www.divinecareersolutions.com. To access your personal e-vite please use the following link: http://evite.me/ZuCbucGbzG

If you would like more information about her upcoming book, the in-person book launch or to schedule an interview with Janelle please contact Lindsey Walker at lindsey@walkerassocmediagroup.com


About the Author:

Janelle Reid

is an ICF certified business coach specializing in career & business strategy consulting. She is also known for being one of the highest ranking African American & Women Global Executive VP of HR over 2 countries (US & Canada). But before she achieved those accolades she had worked in the mortgage industry for a few years. In pursuit of a career change, Janelle had left a $60k corporate job to do what she loved which was helping others find their path for a $20k salary cut. It was the hardest but best decision she had ever made and the most humbling experience of her life. Now with 15 years of HR experience in various disciplines, she now understands what comes with leadership and has been leading the way for others to walk in their purpose. Janelle has had the opportunity to be featured in Essence Magazine, Authority Magazine, and Black Enterprise to share her expertise and continues to educate and inspire those around her.