Reentering the Workforce
Clearly you’re ready for change.
Perhaps you have been out of work because you were forced out.
Or maybe you decided to take a break for a while.
Or maybe you were home raising your children.
This is an exciting time for you and a career life coach can help you clarify your goals, come up with an action plan, and keep you accountable and on track to ensure that you are making progress at the rate of success you choose.
Not sure where to start? We’ll explore what you’ve already accomplished, what skills you’ve harnessed and developed along the way, where your interests and passions lie and what other resources you possess.
If you’ve been trying to find a job with no luck at all, we will determine together what might be standing in your way. The obstacles might not be the “obvious” ones. They may be things hidden beneath the surface. Once we identify the hurdles to your success, we can find ways around, over and through them.
Returning to work might be something you have to do to maintain a style of living to which you’ve become accustomed, but it can still be a thrillingly positive experience. There are several steps you can take to help ensure your success.
Take a good look at yourself.
Be honest here. Assess your interests, skills, talents and values. Are your skills current? If not, are you willing to get some training? Are you an independent worker or do you require direction? Is your personality better suited to certain jobs or types of businesses or industries? Think about what kind of lifestyle you desire. Do you want opportunities to travel? Perhaps you want to limit your work time to 40 hours per week or less. Consider the kinds of benefits in which you are interested, the commuting you’re willing to do, the pace at which you want to produce, your ideal schedule and opportunities for professional growth and advancement. Having a better sense of who you are and what you want will enable you to zero in on appropriate options and will help you market yourself more efficiently.
If you determine that your skills are not up to date, take classes, attend seminars, read professional journals and talk to others in your area of interest to get your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in your field. It will also help you feel more confident overall. You don’t want to approach going back to work with self doubt and cynicism. If you find yourself resisting training, you may need to reconsider your chosen field. If you are not willing to take steps to bring yourself up to speed, you need to question whether you are moving in the right direction. If there is something brand new that is of interest to you, determine whether your current talents and skills are transferable.
While formal training can help, there might be other ways to gain important skills and keep you up to date. Volunteering can be a means of utilizing your talents while contributing to an organization and engaging with others. Consider an internship or a part-time position to get your foot in the door, prove your worth (you ARE worthy) and learn on the job. Contemplate learning and employment opportunities outside of the usual realm of where you would normally look. You might uncover hidden talents or interests within you; connect with people you might never have thought to join up with, and open doors you would have walked right by in the past. By keeping an open mind during the process of returning to work, you gain knowledge about yourself and about where you want to be in the work world.
Ask for what you want.
This is a life skill everyone should acquire. It is almost impossible for us to receive what we want unless we are clear about what we seek and are able to articulate it. Network with others (both in casual and professional settings) and let them know what you do and what kind of employment you are looking for. They may not be able to help you in that moment but perhaps will hear of something later that will cause them to think of you and mention you as a deserving candidate. Use different tools to broadcast what you want: word of mouth, social networking sites, job search sites, industry organizations and clubs and personal connections. Do your best to remain positive. When disappointments come along, be sure to have your support network in place and treat yourself well. Laurie can facilitate your reentering the workforce process, keeping you on track, focused, and accountable.
Laurie Leinwand is a Professional Life Coach assisting clients with a variety of personal and professional life issues. Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching encompasses Laurie’s work as a life coach for women and men, career life coach and work-life-balance coach.
One of her specialty areas is career life coaching for women and men transitioning between jobs or reentering the workforce. If you are feeling stuck in a job or career and need help in finding fulfillment and your life purpose, Laurie can help you break through and arrive at your desired destination fast and efficiently. She also coaches clients who are stay at home parents . Stay at home moms and dads are required to make adjustments regularly as their children grow – this can be difficult. Laurie also works with them as they make pivotal decisions such as returning to work.
Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching is located in Randolph, NJ and services the surrounding communities of Morristown, Denville, Parsippany, Florham Park and Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, though much of her coaching is done on the phone and is accessible to clients worldwide. Laurie is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association (NJPCA).
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