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Finding Your Way Back To Work: A Guide For Empty Nesters and Stay-At-Home Moms (and Dads!) Re-entering The Workforce

The decision to re-enter the workforce after taking time off to raise a family, caring for family members, or becoming an empty nester can feel overwhelming.

You want to make sure you're confident and prepared when presenting yourself in a professional setting.

The good news is that it's always possible to return to the workforce, and plenty of opportunities await you.

I want to offer expert advice, tips, and tricks from my recruiting desk that you will need to heat up your job search to successfully re-enter the workplace.

I understand that starting this journey may seem overwhelming or intimidating at first — I know, I've been there.

But do not worry.

I've got you covered, and I will guide you every step of the way!

Let me break down resources that can offer valuable support when moving into today's ever-evolving job market.





Understand How Recruiting Has Changed During The Pandemic and Beyond

Recruiting during the pandemic has undergone a tremendous shift, and it's important to understand how it's changed.

With remote work becoming the norm, physical interviews have almost disappeared – at least for the first rounds of interviews - and virtual ones have taken their place.

You'll have to learn to make an impression from a computer screen instead of a handshake.

Hiring managers now have a wider pool of applicants to choose from, as location is no longer a factor.

This means you'll likely be competing with candidates from all over the world, not just those in your local area.

And, you need to up your game to stand out to become the candidate of choice.

Upskilling and reskilling have also become priorities as companies seek to match their employees' abilities with the changing demands of their businesses.

As you navigate this new terrain, you need to understand the ins and outs of virtual interviews, develop your digital skills, and master the art of standing out in a crowded field.

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Develop Your Network of Contacts

Have you ever heard the saying "it's not what you know, it's who you know?" Or, I always say, "It is not what you know, but who you drink coffee with!"

While having knowledge and skills certainly play a significant role in success, having a strong network of contacts can open up so many doors in your career and personal life.

The great news is that it's never too late to start building your network.

Reach out to old colleagues, join networking groups, and attend events in your industry.

But don't just focus on what others can do for you.

Take the time to invest in your relationships by offering help, support, and resources whenever possible.

You never know where your next opportunity or connection will come from, so ensure you're nurturing your network carefully.


Create Your Personal Brand Statement

Have you ever wondered what sets you apart from others in your field?

What unique qualities or skills make you stand out from the crowd?

That's where your personal brand statement comes in.

Developing a statement representing who you are and what you have to offer is essential in today's job market.

Not only does it make you more memorable, but it also helps you communicate your value to potential employers or clients.

Creating a personal brand can seem overwhelming, but with some introspection and expert job search guidance, you'll be well on your way to establishing yourself as a true professional.

Don't know where to start?

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Action Item List for Re-entering the Workforce:

  1. Start with a part-time or freelance position: If the thought of jumping back into a full-time job seems overwhelming, consider starting with a part-time or freelance position. This will give you the opportunity to ease back into the workforce and gain valuable experience. 

  2. Update your skills: Take courses or workshops to update and enhance your current skill set. This will make you more marketable and boost your confidence when re-entering the workforce. 

  3. Leverage your previous experiences: Don't discount the skills and experiences you gained while taking time off from work. Use them to your advantage and highlight them in your resume and during job interviews. 

  4. Utilize social media: Social media can be a powerful tool for networking and finding job opportunities. Make sure your profiles are up-to-date, professional, and reflect your personal brand. 

  5. Be open to new industries: Your previous career path may not align with your current goals or the job market, and that's okay. Be open to exploring new industries and roles, which may lead to unexpected opportunities.





Here's the Bottom Line...

In today's fast-paced job market, it's important always to keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date.

Whether you're actively looking for a new position or want to stay on top of your professional game, having a polished and informative resume and profile can make all the difference.

But I know the thought of updating these documents can be daunting.

And, you are probably sitting staring at a blank screen like a deer in headlights.

That's where I come in.

As an Executive Recruiter and Job Search Strategist – and a Mom who regained her career once the kids left - I am here to lend a helping hand and guide you through the process so you can showcase your skills and experience in the best possible light and get back into the workforce.

And, I will tell you both kids have graciously worked with me to land their dream jobs - and get off my family payroll - in only 4 weeks. You can watch the video here. 

Now that your home life is settled, let's work together to build your professional brand to re-enter the job marketplace and land you your dream job.

Consider scheduling time on my calendar to discuss your job search and how I can assist.

I offer personalized, one-on-one support to help you clarify your goals, develop a strategic plan of action, and overcome any obstacles hindering your success.

As an expert Executive Recruiter and Job Search Strategist, I provide valuable feedback and guidance on your job search, interview skills, and networking efforts.

You'll easily gain the confidence and tools you need to succeed in your chosen field.

I can only help you if you take the first step.

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🔴 Ilene Rein is an Executive Recruiter and Job Search Strategist. She teaches job seekers exactly how to market themselves with laser precision to employers using inside secrets from the view of the Recruiter exponentially increasing their chances of getting noticed and hired rapidly!


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