Tips for Re-Entering the Workforce

The decision to re-enter the workforce is a big one. Whether you took time off to raise a family, care for an elderly family member, battle an illness, or other personal reasons, it’s equally exciting and intimidating to head back to work. If you’ve only been away for a short while, you might not find it difficult to fall back into place, but if your absence was a bit longer, it will certainly be a much bigger adjustment. Either way, you’re an incredibly talented professional with a lot to offer, so any company would be very fortunate to have you on staff.

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Assess Your Career Options

It’s only natural to start looking for jobs exactly like the one you had before, but make sure that’s what you really want. It’s very possible that your interests and prospective have changed since your last workforce stint — and if so, that’s okay. Be honest about what you really want from your job so you can spend your days doing something that truly makes you happy.

Update Your Skills

Now that you know where you’re headed, make sure you have the updated skills needed to qualify for the type of job you want. If you need to boost your credentials, take an online course, enroll in a certificate program or do some volunteer work in a role similar to one you’d like to have on a permanent basis.

Start Networking

Just like any other job seeker, networking will increase your chances of getting a great job in a timely manner. In addition to reconnecting with existing contacts, join a professional association and start attending industry events regularly, to meet people who might be able to help you get ahead. The more you get your name out there, the better, so make a point to show up to at least one function per week.

Use a Skills-Based Resume

Most people use the traditional reverse-chronological resume format, but if you’ve been out of the workforce for at least a year, this probably isn’t your best option. Instead, use a skills-based layout, highlighting your fit for the job, instead of your work history. Using this option, you’ll list your transferrable skills at the job of the page — so it’s the first thing the hiring manager sees — followed by a brief employment history and your education information.

Remain Open-Minded

The job market is a very competitive landscape, so it may take some time to find the type of position you really want. Instead of solely focusing on permanent, full-time opportunities, consider boosting your resume with temp jobs or contract work. This is a smart way to gain a wealth of valuable experience in a short time period, because instead of simply waiting around to get hired, you’re being proactive with your search. If you make a great impression, there’s a chance one of the companies you work for will even present you with a permanent offer.

Re-entering the workforce is a huge change, but when you find the right fit, you’ll feel incredibly fulfilled in this new chapter. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you find your next behavioral health position, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at info@psychpros.com.

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