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Re-entering the work force after a long unemployment spell

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The last two years have been emotionally and physically difficult for most employees. Doubts and fears have crept in hearts of many with regards to continued employment and security what with the severe corporate downsizing and layoffs.

 

Those who have escaped the pink slip have remained in perpetual fear that they may be the next to let go. This affects their work and their stress levels are no different from the ones that have faced the brunt.

 

If you have been let go and are home scouting thousands of jobs, polishing your resume and making endless calls to companies this may seem like ‘a job’. If you are one of the lucky few who does get a job acceptance letter you’re likely to have feelings of thrill and excitement. However these are short lived since they are replaced with pangs of anxiety and lack of confidence. Reasons are aplenty: You haven’t been part of a workforce for a long time and feel outdated and ill equipped. Not to worry with a few pointers you can feel the adrenaline rush and a surge of confidence.

 

Here’s how to make a successful re-entry into the workforce:

 

Get back into a routine: When your mind is conditioned to follow structure you automatically get into the groove of things. So start your day early, have a hearty breakfast, shower and get dressed as if you were going to work for a few days. Allow yourself a week or two to practice this routine.

 

Hone your skills and knowledge: Knowledge is power and confidence building. Depending on the type of industry you are stepping in it is imperative that you read trade publications, current business practices pertaining to the industry, anything and everything about your current employer. This should give you clues as to what skills are in demand for you to succeed. Always ask your supervisor if there’s any research you should be doing, materials that would be helpful, people you should be talking to. Businesses don’t have much tolerance for a learning curve.

 

Build your office network: Learn who the key executives in your department are. Ask your supervisor to make introductions and ask colleagues who is helpful. Ask them if you can have lunch with them to learn more about the job and what it takes to be successful. If you discover these key contacts you can get up to speed.

 

Be indispensable: Learning and preparing for the job prior to acceptance doesn’t stop once you are hired. Volunteer for assignments; ask your boss if there is anything else you can help him/her with. This will create a positive impression and demonstrate your work ethic. Continue to hone your skills and if your company provides tuition for courses pertaining to your position jump on it!
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