Are You Ready to Reenter the Work Force?

February 12th, 2013 posted by Kirsten Ross

looking for a job Have you been out of the workforce for a period of time and now are ready to re-enter? Don’t worry – it’s not that uncommon these days! Here are some tips for preparing.

Holes In Your Resume

During an interview you may be asked about time lapses in your resume. Don’t be too concerned. If you have been out staying home with children or an elderly parent, a short quick answer will do. You can simply say, “taking care of family” or “staying home with children” and leave it at that. The interviewer should drop the subject right there. It is not relevant to the job to ask any more. No big deal!

Interviewing Skills

Brush up on your interviewing skills. Have a friend ask you questions. Get ready with the basic questions like, what are your strengths and weaknesses. Many organizations are using the strategy of Behavioral Interviewing to determine whether or not someone is a good fit. (see below) // Translate Activities Into Job Skills Think about how your activities during your time away from the workforce can translate into useful skills in the workplace. Have you been juggling several activities? Then you have good organizational skills and can multitask. How did you keep track of it all? Did you work with the PTA? Did you coordinate a car pool or use a computer to keep stats for a softball league? All of these things can translate into workplace skills that you can highlight in an interview.

Have a Positive Attitude

Make sure that you have the right attitude! Know that you have the skills and abilities that an organization would be lucky to have. Use eye contact during the interview to show how confident you are.

Start Slowly

If you have some time before you really need to jump back in with both feet, try some freelance work first. You can start slowly and on many ocassions, work from home. You can also add the projects to your resume.

Update Your Resume

Don’t forget the activities that translate to the workplace – add them under a “Skills” section.

Invest in a New Interview Suit

You don’t have to spend a lot of money. You’ll want to feel your best and having a nice new suit that fits well and is up to date will help. Just find something basic and fairly plain. Interview tip books always tell you to stick with navy. I think that any basic color that makes you feel good is fine. If you are interviewing with a more creative organization you can always add a more colorful top underneath the jacket to add some personal flair.

Send That Resume!

Send your resumes to as many places as you can. If you are called for an interview for a job that you are not particularly interested in, go anyway. It will give you some practice for when you get the call for that job that you REALLY want!

RELAX!

The right opportunity will come along.

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