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Been Out of the Workforce Recently? Here's How to Get Back In!

Workforce Reentry - 7 Steps to Achieving Your Next Career Goal.

Workforce reentry is not easy. However, if you put the time in, focus on what you are looking to accomplish, set goals and work toward them each day, then you can successfully reenter the workforce and get that job you're seeking.

Below is a tried-and-true path forward that you can tailor to your individual needs.

Tip #1 - Set Your Next Career Goal - Where Do You Want to Go?

Consider what you want to achieve next in your career, and think about the types of roles or industries that align with your goals. Next, review your list in light of your experience, and remove goals for which you lack experience. This can help you focus your job search and ensure you can tailor your resume and cover letter to be most effective. If you still want to pursue a goal for which you have no relevant experience, try to get volunteer, education or other experience to help close this gap. Without sufficient experience, it will be tougher to bridge the work experience gap.

Tip #2 - Explain More

Update your resume and cover letter: Highlight any relevant skills or experiences you have gained during your time away from work, and consider taking courses or earning certifications to update your skills. Use your resume and cover letter to emphasize how your unique background and experiences make you a strong fit for the role.

"Dreams don't work unless you do".

Tip #3 - Network and Reach Out to Contacts

Networking can be a valuable tool in your job search. Reach out to former colleagues, industry professionals, or alumni from your educational program to ask for advice or to inquire about potential job openings. Set up informational interviews, make a good impression and ask for other people they'd recommend in your target industry.

Tip #4 - Consider Temporary or Contract Work

This is the best way to bridge the gap from not working to working. Additionally, it can help you get work experience in new sectors, functions, etc. This is also a great way to get your foot in the door at a company and demonstrate your value as an employee.

Tip #5 - Be Open and Honest About Your Time Away

If asked about your time away from work, be open and honest about your experience. Emphasize any skills or experiences you gained during this time, and highlight any achievements or personal growth.

Tip #6 - Practice Your Interview Skills

If it's been a while since you last interviewed for a job, it can be helpful to practice your interview skills with a friend or career coach. Consider rehearsing common interview questions and work though (and then practice) your answers in advance to get yourself comfortable.

Tip #7 - Don't Get Discouraged

The job search process can be challenging, and it may take time to find the right fit. It's important to stay positive, keep an open mind, and remember that every rejection is a learning opportunity.

Try following these tips to get yourself back in the workforce and on track to pursuing your career dreams. As always, feel free to visit us at DoMyResume.NET if you need our assistance!

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