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Tips On Re-Entering The Workforce

Aug 17, 2007
Re-entering the work force after a long hiatus gets you into a spot tighter than would otherwise be. Your apprehension is not entirely without reason. There will soon be complex questions staring you in the eye concerning your adaptability after a long time off from the workforce. This situation applies equally to both women and men. You have to sharpen skills you probably lost or acquire new skills if you are changing careers.

Assessing What Awaits You

As a first step in your preparation you need to assess what may be awaiting you. Think about these points:

1. Are You Too Old For The Job you are seeking now? Job profiles keep changing and if workloads are heading north, the average employee age for any job is dashing south. This may not have been the case when you first started your career or left it.

2. Has Your Lifestyle Changed Drastically? Your value will have changed with your part time or stay-home job which is definitely unsuitable for a full time day job. You need to change or improve your adaptability, which will in turn improve your chances of landing a new job.

3. Realize That You Are Being Perceived as having lost skills when you were out of job. Be realistic; things naturally change in all areas, such as working styles, technologies, your own confidence level, etc.

4. Most New Mothers who want to re-enter the workforce may that their appearance hinders them. This is not so prevalent among men. It isn't right, but unfortunately, that's the reality. Weight gained over the short period is one of the points you should take care of if you are planning to re-enter the workforce.

Tips On Preparation

What you must remember at this point in time is that it probably won't help having job interviews without confidence, regardless of your prior experience. Do everything that you can to boost your confidence; keep fit, brush up on your knowledge and relevant skills, dress neatly, etc.

Tips On Re-Entering The Workforce

Here are some tips that help get your career back on track.

1. Use A Composite Resume that highlights your carefully sequenced functional abilities. This is important to reduce any potential negative aspects that help employers disqualify you for a job. A composite resume also lists your normal qualifications in reverse chronology.

2. Old Connections Help a lot in this regard. Use your contacts with friends and your old bosses and do networking to locate job opportunities. A good number of companies believe in referral recruitments more than standard recruitment methods. Your networking could uncover new opportunities.

3. Women Have A Different Set Of Things To Worry About. If you have a babysitter at home or someone who can care for your child, you probably won't worry about the commute too much. If you don't have this privilege and daycare is not nearby, that limits your opportunities. If you must, be prepared to accept a lower position than you had previously.

4. Self Evaluation helps a lot in preventing you from accepting a job you that you would leave a little later out of frustration. Planning a career that suits you well is important. For example, if you don't enjoy sales or a job that involves traveling, just wait for the next opportunity instead of having to leave fairly quickly.

5. Know What You Want. If you have to accept a smaller salary in a job that promises a good future, perhaps you would not want to pass up that opportunity.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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