Separation or divorce comes with a whirlwind of life changes, and some are more welcome than others. In some cases, change includes taking charge of your financial future by returning to a career, starting out new in a fresh career, or looking for part time opportunities to build financial stability. In any situation, seeking a job can be stressful and feel overwhelming.
We are here to tell you: you can do it! And this can be a really fulfilling part of discovering the new you, and what you’re capable of.
What we most frequently see when working with women on their career journey is a lack of confidence in their abilities. What we never see is a lack of skills or experience.
You’ve gained so much experience and abilities in your relationship, family and community, much of which can translate back into your career. But as the chaos swirls, and you learn to adapt, your sense of self and your abilities can get lost in the shuffle.
As you begin to explore your career, here are a few tips we’d like to offer to get started:
- Take some time, it can be an hour, a day or a week or two, to think about who you are and what you’d like to be. This can be especially challenging for women, who tend to focus on others rather than truly on self. It helps to make a few tangible lists. What are your skills, values and strengths?
- Once you begin to get comfortable with your skills, values and strengths, you can do two very important things with them:
- Develop clear and memorable ways to communicate who you are and what you have to offer.
- Use the things you’ve learned about yourself to clearly list out your ‘must haves’ and ‘deal breakers’ in a job.
- If you have been out of your field for some time or are considering a different skillset, look for volunteer opportunities to provide this service and get the experience. Say web design is your expertise: volunteer to update a local charity’s website to demonstrate you are up-to-date in technology.
Once you’ve gotten comfortable talking about yourself and who you are, stop, take a breath and celebrate! Taking the time to learn who you are and how to express what you have to offer is a huge achievement, and can also be cathartic. Acknowledge all the effort you put in, even in a small way!
Once these steps are in place you’re ready to formally begin your job search, and everything that goes with it. Building resumes, social network profiles, interview skills and the rest will begin to fit together like a key that unlocks the door to your future.
You’re on the road to a new adventure, and we’re here with you. You’ve got this!! And we’ve got your back!
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Jenny Casagrande and Dawn Ohaver Moyer