Tips for Going Back to Work After a Divorce
If you were not working during your marriage or were only working a part-time job, it can be a difficult transition to suddenly jump back into being a full-time member of the workforce. Not only are you adjusting to your new life as a single person, but you will also be starting a brand-new job and will have to share child care responsibilities (if you have children).
Below are some tips to help you adjust to your new work life after your divorce.
- Don’t feel like you need to work in the same industry: You don’t have to do the exact same type of job you did while or before you were married. Look at what’s available, what you’re qualified for and what you’re interested in. If you’re getting a fresh start in your personal life, you may as well look for a fresh start in your career as well.
- Hone your elevator pitch: Your elevator pitch is a concise statement you can make to tell others why you’re interested in the career path you’re seeking and how your experiences have shaped you to take on that position. Crafting and practicing that pitch will make you much more confident when you need to deliver it in a networking or interview setting.
- Accept help from others: Let your friends and family know you’re seeking a new job. You’ll be surprised at how many people you know will be willing to help you out in your search. Many times, you’ll find you have more success in getting jobs through other people rather than from applications and job boards.
- Consider whether going back to school is truly right for you: Typically, it’s a good idea to wait to go back to school until you have had some time to adjust to your new life and have gained a little more experience in a certain field. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm yourself in a period in your life where you’re already extremely vulnerable and likely feeling overwhelmed to begin with.
For more tips and guidance on this important issue, meet with a skilled Long Island divorce attorney at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.