Tips to Re-enter the Workforce
Going through a divorce or financial difficulty is stressful, however the thought of now having to get a job can be devastating to many. But it doesn’t have to be. Whether you had a career before marriage, or you’re just starting one, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
You may have to try different careers before you find one you are comfortable with – and that’s OK. If you need to polish your skills or learn new ones, check for courses at your local college or contact your local non-profit agencies to see what type of training is available in your area. Be open-minded and willing to try something new.
Follow these tips to help your interview experience:
1. Do your homework. An interview starts well before the actual meeting takes place. Research the company online and understand what they provide. Find out the background of the person who will be conducting the interview, if possible. You don’t have to know everything about the company, but by doing your research, you will be able to see how well of a fit this could be for both of you.
2. Practice, Practice, Practice. What makes you a good fit for this organization? Try to anticipate questions and prepare your responses. Run your answers past a friend or relative and get their reaction. The key is to think through your answers before the interview. It’s difficult to come up with something last minute. Some of the most common questions may include: Why do you want to work for this company? Why is this job a good fit for you? Why should we hire you? What are your strengths/weaknesses? What compensation do you require? What type of training have you had for this type of position?
3. Differentiate yourself. You need to be able to differentiate yourself from other candidates. What qualifications or experiences make you unique and qualified for the position? Don’t discount your management skills that you possess from running a household and managing children, home and life in general.
4. No-no’s. Don’t apply to every company in the world. Spell-check all correspondence, including emails and your resume.
5. Make sure that you dress appropriately and are well groomed. When in doubt, it’s better to be overdressed than too casual.
6. Don’t be late to the interview. Show up for the interview five or ten minutes early.
7. Don’t bad mouth your previous employers.
8. Be yourself. Enjoy yourself during the interview. If you’re comfortable, you’ll make the interviewer feel at ease. If you prepare your answers ahead of time, don’t be dishonest and don’t sound rehearsed. If you try to fake your way through the interview, it will show. Remain confident in your skills.
An employer can tell if you’re serious about a job interview or if you’re just going through the motions. If you’re not excited about the opportunity, chances are they won’t be excited about you. Sometimes you can do everything perfectly, but the job is offered to someone else. When this happens, don’t get upset. Move forward. Follow these tips and you will be a step ahead of the rest. Remember, above all else, believe in yourself and your skills and the employer will believe in you.
About the Author:
Michele Sfakianos is a registered nurse, Award-winning Author, Speaker and Leading Authority on Parenting. Self-published author of five books and owner of Open Pages Publishing.