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Back in the job market after a decade? Some things have changed – Chicago Tribune

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.”

Source: Back in the job market after a decade? Some things have changed – Chicago Tribune

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!)


Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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