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Reentering the Workforce After Divorce

At the beginning of most marriages, both spouses have their own careers. They have their income streams and they share expenses. Once kids enter the picture, the financial dynamic can drastically change. It is still common for one spouse, usually the lower-earning spouse, to take a step back from their career in order to care for the children and manage the household. This can end up making a great deal of sense logistically and financially, when you consider the expenses associated with arranging full time child care for one or more children so both spouses can go to work. Regardless, if you took time off from your career while you were married, it is more likely than not that you will have to reenter the workforce in the event of divorce. This may seem daunting, but it’s doable. You’ve got this!

Reentering the Workforce After Divorce

The hard truth is that it can be difficult to reenter the workforce after you have taken a significant time off. You may not have any recent work experience or vocation training that employers are likely to be looking for. Furthermore, your professional network may have dwindled or become nonexistent over the years. While these are hurdles, they are not insurmountable.

First, consider whether or not you should pursue educational opportunities or job training to make your skills current or to gain new skills that would be desirable for an employee candidate to possess. You may only need to take a class or two or a seminar. You may want to pursue a certificate program or something else. The fact is that there are a number of job skill training opportunities out there that can help bridge your employment gap and help you gain new and marketable skills.

It will also be a good idea for you to develop your network. Reach out to friends and family members as well as former co-workers and other community members. Let them know that you are looking to re-enter the workforce. Reconnect with those you may have lost touch with. Strengthen your LinkedIn profile. Every person you reach out to is another opportunity for you to make a personal connection with a potential employer. Furthermore, these are people that can act as character references should a potential employer request such references.

Be prepared to be flexible in your job search. While you should have a solid vision of what your ideal job may be, do not overlook other jobs that could be a good fit or a strong stepping stone on your way to get your dream job. Get in the mindset that there are plenty of jobs that can give you invaluable experience, strengthen your resume, and help you build a solid professional network.

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Andrew Nickolaou

Andrew Nickolaou, Esq., B.C.S., is a founding partner at Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A. He practices almost exclusively in divorce, marital and family law. Andrew also handles record expungements and sealings. If you have questions about this article, contact Andrew today by clicking here.