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What Should You Know about Returning to Employment after a Divorce?

Apr 07, 2015

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If you’re ready to get back in the workforce after a divorce, you are probably full of emotions and fears. You’re already going through a drastic change and your financial has probably changed substantially.

Many people that return to employment after employment are doing so out of a need to improve their financial situation since divorce is so expensive and many people were a stay-at-home parent. If you’re looking for your first job since divorce or adding on a second job, here is a look at some ways to make the transition easier.

Be open with your options

It’s never an easy thing looking for employment so it’s important to be open-minded about the possibilities. This is also a great time to consider what you’ve always wanted to do and never had a chance to consider doing. Don’t limit yourself and consider a job in a new field for your new life after divorce.

Wardrobe

When you’re a stay-at-home parent or haven’t been in the workforce for a while, you may not have a great working wardrobe anymore. Be sure to buy a few nice outfits for job hunting and interviews. Consignment shops are a great place to find a suit if you are strapped for cash and you can always ask a friend to borrow an interview outfit.

Resume

Your resume needs to be updated before you start submitting it to companies. Your life experience should be mentioned and for stay-at-home parents that don’t know what to put, consider mentioning skills you’ve gathered being home.

If you’ve volunteered at your kid’s school or other organizations, mention your experience with that. The key is to keep it professional looking and look for spelling errors and target it to what your employer would want to see rather than making it about displaying your personality.

Use these tips before trying to sell yourself and your skills to potential employers. Your life after divorce can be a great way to start over and enjoy a fresh start.



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