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Re-Entering the Workforce

Sometimes our careers are temporarily put on hold and it may or may not have been voluntary. Time off can be needed due to parental leave, continuing education, illness or family relocation. We are lucky that here at MD Financial, the company understands the work-life balance. The more unfortunate situations that put us out of work could be related to job loss or recession. Whatever the case may be, you are not alone with the challenges of re-entering the workforce and starting over.

Instead of dwelling on the difficulties, why not look at the opportunities when transitioning back to work - and turn the negative into a positive?

While between jobs, it is important to keep up your skills or add to your skills list, by furthering your education or volunteering. This information can be added to your resume to span the gap since your last employment. This also shows your future employers that your skills and interests haven’t subsided, and that you are committed to ongoing development.

Finally, after months of searching, you have landed an interview and are flooded with different emotions! Joy and relief are quickly followed by anxiety, fear and doubt. The relief of finally being able to go back to work could be squashed by the constant “What-Ifs?” Remember to take a deep breath, take one step at a time and believe in the skills and abilities that have gotten you this far.

Tips for Transitioning back to Work:

#1: Prep yourself mentally and physically. It’s important to get back on a schedule where you wake up, shower, brush your teeth and have breakfast before heading off to work. Yes, that means get up early, get out of those PJs and spend a few hours looking for jobs online. If you have not been doing this, start NOW!

#2: Prep your knowledge. Before going into that interview, make sure to do your research about the company, as the most common error in interviews is not coming prepared. The more you read about the company, the more confident you will feel going into the interview and the more likely to land the job.

#3: Prep your network. Now that you have landed the job, start networking within the company and work towards building relationships with your future colleagues. Being connected, asking questions, and having someone to show you the ins and outs of the job will help you feel more comfortable during your transition. As a lot of major organizations are now looking at candidates from LinkedIn, try to keep your profile on LinkedIn updated as well so it reflects your resume and allows you to build your network online.

#4: Prep your presence. If you have lingering doubts about yourself at this new job, nip it in the bud ASAP and do not let it affect how you ‘show up’. Try to always do more than is required to show that you are a dedicated and invaluable asset to the company. Go out of your way to get new assignments and take initiative without being asked.

Being out of work is never easy and it can eat away at your sanity and self-worth. When you transition back to work, those feelings don’t necessarily disappear right away - so don’t ignore them. The best thing you can do is embrace those feelings and counter them with positive thoughts of job satisfaction and the difference you can make at work every day.