Research has shown that one of the main things women worry about after a divorce is re-entering the workforce. Many who left their jobs to raise children may find it necessary to go back to work, and are justifiably concerned that the work environment today is vastly different than the one they left years ago. They worry they may not have the skills or training necessary to land a well-paying job, or that the work world has left them behind.
However, returning to the workforce can also be a rejuvenating experience, putting you in charge of your own life and around people who can provide a much-need social connection following divorce. Here are some things you should consider if you are going back to work after a divorce:
Decide what kind of job you want.
Maybe you want to return to the same kind of job you had in the past, or you are excited about the prospect of trying something entirely new following your divorce. Whatever you eventually choose to do, you should give some thought to the type of job you want as well as what you need. You may need a job that provides flexible hours so you can still be around at home for your children. You may prefer part-time instead of full-time work. You may have a certain financial threshold you have to meet in order to support yourself and your family. All of these things need to be considered before you start your hunt.
Start the application process.
You will need to update your resume to reflect your experience since your last job and tailor it for the new position you hope to gain. Since most job searches are conducted online today and many companies use recruitment services to filter applications, your application for each job needs to match the job description as much as possible.
Prepare for interviews.
It may be difficult after a divorce to summon the confidence you’ll need to exhibit in job interviews, but you need to find that reservoir of courage and determination so you can make a good impression on interviewers. You can increase your confidence level by learning as much as possible about the company you’re interviewing with, and matching your skills to the ones needed for the job. Practice answering potential interview questions and buy a new job-search outfit so you will look and feel your best. Be open about why there is a time gap in your resume; most people will appreciate your honesty and be understanding.
Wait for the right job.
You will probably need to be patient about finding the right job for you. Realize that you just experienced a big change in your life and avoid rushing into something new — unless you need to work as soon as possible to support yourself. Taking just any job — or one you know you won’t like — will only add more stress to your life. Take your time before making a final decision and don’t be afraid to respond to an offer by asking for some time to think it over.
We know that family law issues are often difficult, life-changing events. We also know how much it helps to have knowledgeable legal advocates on your side to help you obtain the best possible outcome. Contact us today for your free consultation.