Re-Entering The Workforce Effectively
The problem of re-entering the workforce is very familiar today to many job seekers. there may be many reasons why people fall out of the workforce: raising of children, heath issues, care for the loved ones, etc. In any case it is always frustrating or intimidating to get back to the working world after the break. And the longer the break, the more difficult it is to go back to the office environment where you have specific responsibilities. However, before handling these feelings one still has got a grand task to accomplish – to find a decent job.
Socialize, Update Your Resume, and Work Hard
Finding employment isn’t easy these days, especially after not having recent work experience. The biggest problem the job seekers face is that things change pretty quickly in the working world and some standards may not work. However, there is one that will stand forever – connections. It is likely that you know people who may offer you some job opportunities or they may know someone who can do that. Therefore, think of your friends and acquaintances who could assist you with the job search. You can also use LinkedIn network for gaining such acquaintances – this social networking platform has been created to accomplish this very task. We bet you can find there old classmates and colleagues along with interesting job postings.
Before you start working on your connections you have to update your resume as well as LinkedIn profile (if you don’t have one you should create it as soon as possible). Otherwise you won’t have anything to show of you meet professionals asking you to see a resume or something. Many people believe there is nothing to add onto the existing resume or CV, but very often they don’t take into account their volunteering or part time position. No matter how insignificant your experience seems to you put it on. Show that you actually did something while you were out.
If you have a chance to visit a seminar or attend conference – do it. You will have a chance to gain valuable experience as well as show off something on your resume. You can also take classes at home. You can find those in the Internet: there are free online training courses as well as paid classes. You can choose those that would help you gain necessary qualifications and skills for your future job.
Don’t forget to visit industry networking social events in you area. You can find the schedule of such events online on the webpages or local associations, organizations, rotary clubs, etc. It is usually free of charge to attend such event; many job seekers admit that it was what helped them get hired.