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Re-Entering the Workforce? 4 Crucial Steps to Take

Are you at a turning point in your life with hopes of a new career on the horizon? While re-entering the workforce can sometimes be intimating, it can also give you a chance to renew yourself and re-evaluate your priorities. There are numerous ways in which professionals in today’s world can make positive career shifts, whether that involves simply embarking on a new position or entering a completely different industry. By working with a staffing agency and being proactive with how you spend your time, you can improve your job search outcomes and land a position that matches your interests. As you gear up to re-enter the workforce, here’s how you can make a smooth transition back into the job market:

Seek professional guidance and assistance.

While you may be busy polishing off your resume and searching for new jobs, utilizing the services of a reputable and experienced staffing agency to review your application materials and provide additional insights can provide a valuable and fresh new perspective. By enlisting the services of a staffing professional who can provide objective feedback about your resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letters, and reference list, you can make meaningful improvements that enhance your credentials and help you stand out in the talent pool. Your recruiter will also serve as a career coach, guiding you through each stage of the hiring process – from the point of application to accepting a job offer. Additionally, a staffing firm has access to a wide range of employment options, including temporary and contract jobs, which can give you experience working in various workplace settings and industries.

Identify your goals. 

All too often, candidates start their job search with a minimal vision of what they hope to achieve from future employment. Gaining an understanding of your personal and professional goals will serve as the foundation for a successful job search. You can do this by setting some specific, well-defined short-term and long-term goals. For example, do you hope to work remotely at least two days a week? If so, your job search criteria will need to include employers that offer remote work opportunities. If you don’t have any goals in mind, take some time to think deeply about what’s important to you. In today’s workforce, many candidates are increasingly seeking employers that value work-life balance and flexibility. On-the-job professional growth, mentorship, and advancement opportunities also tend to be at the top of candidates’ wish lists. Making a list of what appeals to you – and shaping your job search around your goals and aspirations – will be key to getting your new professional chapter off on the right foot.

Treat your job search like a full-time job.

If you’ve been out of the workforce for a substantial length of time, it may be difficult getting into a structured routine. However, a successful job hunt requires that you treat your job search like a job itself. This means establishing a daily schedule that consists of strategic outreach (through networking events, informational interviews, and social media), finding job openings, applying to jobs, preparing for interviews, and following up with employers. Blocking off parts of your day to complete various job search activities will keep you on track to meet application deadlines and connect with employers and industry professionals. If you struggle to stay motivated, consider asking a family member or friend to check in regularly and hold you accountable to completing tasks and gaining traction with your job search.

Find networking opportunities.

As you make plans to land a job or enter a new industry, finding opportunities to grow your network is essential. Researching and identifying industry events and informal meet-ups within your community is a great place to start. From professional development seminars to networking dinners, there are ample ways to make new contacts and get in front of potential employers. Active networking will also build your confidence, as you’ll gain experience discussing your qualifications and goals with others in professional settings. To be an effective networker, it’s important to focus on targeted outlets in which you’ll connect with individuals in industries or fields that interest you most.

 

While there are certainly challenges that come along with re-entering the workforce, working with a trusted staffing firm and following the tips above can help you navigate the process in a more productive and structured way. By treating the job search with intention and goals, you’ll learn more about yourself and gain better control of your professional life. You’ll also open doors to an abundance of opportunities that can lead to accelerated career growth, increased earning potential, and greater job satisfaction.

 

Are you in the process of planning your re-entry into the workforce? Launch a successful job search with the expert recruiters at HH Staffing, a Florida-based staffing firm, and get connected with hundreds of available jobs!

 

Until Next Time,

 

Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant

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Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.

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