Reentering the workforce after time away can be a daunting task. You may see everything that has changed and not know where to start. That’s where this blog comes in, to give some tips and best practices on the subject when you’re ready to start looking for work again. By following these steps, you will have a quicker and smoother transition.
Before updating your resume and filling out applications, you’ll want to take the time to understand the reason you’re looking to rejoin the workforce. Some common drivers include finances, passion for the line of work or simply having something to occupy your time. These reasons will play a large part in the way you carry out your job search and the options you’ll consider, a few of which you can see below.
• Shift (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)
• Schedule (Monday - Friday, Weekends, Nights, etc.)
• Type of Work (Temporary, Temp-to-Hire or Direct Hire)
• Number of Hours (Full-Time or Part-Time)
During your time away from work, you may have not have kept up with industry knowledge or skills. But, with access to the Internet, it is now easier than ever to catch up. With all the resources available today, you can prepare yourself almost to the level as if you’ve never left. By reading articles and taking online classes, you will be taking proactive steps to make sure you are doing all you can to get yourself back into the loop. However, for some types of skilled labor, it can be hard to get the knowledge and skills without physically doing it. If this is your situation and you’re struggling to find work, all is not lost. An opportunity to consider would be volunteer work. This can allow you to further develop your soft skills including communication, collaboration and adaptability, which is something that employers like to see when reviewing candidates.
The process of finding a job can be difficult and having others to turn to for ideas and support will make it much more manageable. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help; there are people all over that are looking to help get you back on your desired career path. Whether they offer resume building, networking events or even potential job opportunities, any form of assistance is beneficial during this time. Also, don’t forget about family, friends or even past co-workers and managers. They can play a vital role in getting your foot in the door somewhere or connecting you with someone that can.
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