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Tips for Re-entering the Job Market

We often work with clients who left their jobs at some point in their career to attend to family responsibilities, go back to school, switch industries, or take a break. It can be challenging to secure work when re-entering the job market, especially if you have not been working for a long time. Here are a few suggestions for a successful re-entry.

  1. Renew and/or expand professional networks. Connecting with past colleagues, managers, and mentors should be a primary focus of your strategy. Reach out to past contacts to let them know that you’re planning to re-enter the job market. A significant number of people find employment just through word of mouth.
  2. Research what has changed in your profession. Reading publications, participating in industry talks, conventions, and events are great ways to network and ask questions.
  3. Use online resources like Linkedin, Jobscan, JibberJobber, Asana, theSKIMM and onetonline.org. Perusing employee profiles at companies you may be interested in applying to can help you assess how you measure up in terms of skills and experience.
  4. Update your skills. Many colleges, universities, and professional associations offer continuing education classes. On the technical side, discover what new office devices and/or software are being used and take free online tutorials to improve your skills.
  5. Update your resume and be prepared to respond thoroughly and honestly to gaps in your work history in an interview, but don’t discount valuable experience like part-time work, volunteering, fund-raising or family responsibilities.
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