Jumping back into the job market can be tough under any circumstances but if you haven’t actively looked for a job in more than 10 years, you’re going to be in for a rude awakening. “Everything was different,” say James Trandel, a 49-year-old leasing agent from Schaumburg, Ill. “I used to think I could just count on my skills and my experiences but I was off on a lot of things. I didn’t even have a LinkedIn account. It was a rude awakening.”
A few years ago, I actually gave a presentation at the STC Summit covering much of this information, which I learned the hard way! Even after learning how to do all these steps, it doesn’t guarantee anything, but it sure keeps you viable. This is why I’ve resigned myself to knowing that the likelihood of me getting a full-time, permanent job is unlikely, and I’m always learning new things to try to stay competitive. Heck, even during this writing, I’m taking a class right now through the STC to catch up on a skill.
Read this if you haven’t been looking that hard or don’t know where to start. It provides some good foundational advice for moving forward.
(Thanks to Tina Howe for sharing this on Facebook originally!)