Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Getting Back into the Workforce After Time Off

Levitt & Associates, Inc. shares the steps of re-entering the workforce...

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You may have taken a few years off to raise the kids, perhaps you took care of a relative who was ill, or maybe you were just overworked and needed the time away from an office.

You're ready to get back to work. Some say it can't be done.Don't believe it. People do it every day. Getting back into the workforce can be a challenge, but it can be done.

The first step is to figure out what you want. You may have been giving this some thought for a while; now is the time to narrow your focus. In a way, starting over is much like beginning a new career. Write down what you enjoyed in previous positions, what were your strengths, what do you enjoy doing now, what are your strengths now, what positions you've dreamed of in the past, where you see yourself working, what you see yourself doing in 5 years.

Now make your calls. Contact a recruiter, touch base with friends, get in contact with old colleagues and people you met through networking.

Do your research:
Do you need to take a course or two?
Do you need more on-the-job experience?
Do you need to know more of the right people?
Do you need to wait until the position you want opens up?

Know that this process will take time. Use this time to brush up on your interview skills, get coffee with old business colleagues and reacquaint yourself with the business world.

Levitt & Associates, Inc.