Employment Tips

Reentering The Workforce
By:Tracey Wilson

You’ve been home raising a family, or maybe you have been retired? But lately you have had thoughts of breaking back into the workforce. It’s been a while since you have been in a paying job, and you may be worried that you might no longer be marketable, or don’t feel as confident with the thought of interviews, as you use to be. Don’t fear! This article will boost your confidence and get you ready to have the business opportunities come to you!

Many jobs today require computer skills, so you may want to brush up on rusty skills or look into taking a computer course.

Start listing all the skills you have acquired over your life- time. Many life skills give you quality skills to use in the work force – like time management, typing, financial skills, etc … Think about the type of work you would like to do and compare them with your experiences. There will probably be gaps, don’t fret – now is the time to fill in those gaps. You will be surprised at how many things you can self-learn on the computer.

If you’re a professional who has kept abreast of developments in your field, you’re ahead of the game. If not, find out what refresher courses are offered by professional organizations, local colleges and adult education programs. Brushing up takes time, so it helps to start thinking about your return to the workforce well in advance.

Talk to an instructor or school advisor about the best way to get your skills up to speed quickly. If you need immediate work, you may have to take another type of job while you’re attending classes. If you are retired and considering going back to work, remember any earnings may reduce your benefits, so you may want to contact the Social Security office before hand.

Your resume needs to make a good first impression. Make sure it’s organized. Here are the basic elements of a good resume:

A Header- Include a name, address, and phone number.

An Objective- Describe the type of job you are seeking.

Abilities and Accomplishments- By highlighting functions you have performed ahead of a time line of your employment history, you can emphasize your abilities and non-work experience, rather than the time between your last job and the present.

Work Experience- List employers, job titles, the dates worked, and a description of what you did, including significant accomplishments. Include volunteer work as if it were a regular job.

Education- List the most recent diploma or degree you have earned or are working toward, the date of graduation, your field of study. Include continuing education or refresher courses.

Skills- List computer and language skills or other skills that may be relevant to the job for which you are applying.

Honor and Activities- List awards you have received, clubs or organizations you belong to and activities you participate in. But don’t get carried away. It’s more important to have a small amount of strong information well presented, then a long list of irrelevant activities.

References- Include the notation, “References available upon request.”

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