How to Re-enter the Workforce

SmartTalent - How to Reenter the WorkforceMany people take off time from work because of family obligations or because it takes time to find new employment after a job loss. Unfortunately re-entering the workforce after a hiatus can be a challenge because some companies are reluctant to hire someone after a period of several months with no work.

Just because you’ve been out of the workforce for a period of time does not mean you can’t appeal to recruiters and find a great new position. Staffing professionals can help you to get in front of employers who are interested in hiring you, and you can also follow some basic tips to find new opportunities including:

  • Refreshing your skills. One of the biggest fears of many employers is that you will be out of practice or that your skills will be out of date if you’ve been out of the business for a while. Consider taking a course to learn some of the latest techniques in your industry or taking on some volunteer work that allows you to show you are still sharp.
  • Rebuild your professional network. You may be out of touch with some of your old contacts if you have taken time off. Use social media or networking events to connect with former colleagues and let them know you are back in the business. You can also tap into the network of a professional staffing service by getting help from professionals in finding out about open employment opportunities in your area.
  • Consider temp work. You may be able to get a contract-to-hire position or a temp job more easily than you can find new full-time employment since employers are often more willing to take a chance if they aren’t making a long-term commitment. Once you have gotten started, show what a valuable asset you are and you may get hired full time. Even if it doesn’t work out over the long term, you’ll now have some recent job experience for your resume.

Re-entering the workforce is always going to be a challenge, even with these tips to help. SmartTalent  can help you find positions in Lynnwood, Fife, Renton, Kirkland, and surrounding locations. We can assist you in finding temp work to build up your resume, and in getting in front of employers who are looking for people like you. Contact us now to learn more.


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