Blog: Relaunching Your Career - Step 1 of 3

Re-launching Your Career, Step 1 - Make Finding a job your job! Carve out the time in your life/schedule. Schedule a minimum of 4- 6 hours a day to work on your job search.

The thought of reentering the workplace can be daunting at best, especially if you have been at home for several years. I know it was for me. I had left a successful and fulfilling job to raise my two children.

When I first thought about going back to work it was not only scary, but honestly, a bit overwhelming as well. I was plagued by a multitude of questions:

  • Where do I begin?
  • What do I do?
  • Are my skills still relevant?
  • How have things changed?
  • Do I need to go back to school?
  • Will I need new clothes – fortunately, this was an easy one.

The more I looked, it seems the less I found. There was no one place that addressed the issues as a mom returning to the workplace after 12 years. So when I came across Dennis Thompson, of Thompson Associates and author of Four Degrees to Your Dream Job, it was kismet. Together we created a step by step process to help anyone get into the job market – no matter how long you have been out.

Step 1- Make finding a job your job! Carve out the time in your life/schedule.

Start by thinking of your job search as your new job and treat it as such. Schedule a minimum of 4 to 6 hours a day to work on your job search in addition to anytime you will spend interviewing and commuting to and from meetings, interviews etc. If, in fact, you will commit 6 hours minimum each day, 5 days a week it will only be a short time before you find yourself employed.

Really, take your calendar out and block out 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Now take a look at all your other activities during that time, gym, walk the dog, coffee with the girlfriends, the list goes on and on. Now start moving all those extra activities to another time slot or off the calendar all together. Set yourself up for success and give yourself the time to be sucessful.

BTW- if this seems like a lot, ask yourself, how much time did you or does the average person spend on a full time job? Generally eight to ten hour, plus commute. It is simple and it’s your choice – however if you are serious about finding work as fast as possible you will need to put in the time.

Your day time hours are sacred. This is the only time you will have to make calls, receive calls and go to appointments. Remember also that it will take some time to understand, get comfortable and become effective at conducting your job search. You may not have done this in a long time or ever. Give yourself room to make mistakes, expect it to take some time and to have to work / practice to get back in the swing of things again and get good at the job of finding a job.

Coming up next, Step 2 of 3: Talk to your family.


Teri Hockett is the CEO of What’s For Work? The Premier Career Site for Women.

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Avrage Guy November 29, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Teri. My wife left the workforce for four years after having our first child. But, she stayed in contact with the people she had worked with and kept her network fairly strong. She also used LinedIn to make sure she had a presence. Once she was ready to re-enter the job market, she had contacts and people to call. That really helped her land a position within 4 months. So, step one might be to leave the workforce with a foundation of contacts, so that the reentry is simply an extension of your career, not necessarily a reluach.
Avrage Guy November 29, 2012 at 07:02 PM
"relaunch" that is.
Teri Hockett November 30, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Nyborn - keeping your network current is a very important part of re-entering the job market, along with growing your network by attending industry specific events, education, and increasing your skill set during the time you are Employed By Life. Thank you for sharing!
Vito Spago December 01, 2012 at 11:13 AM
I am so glad that I was laid off near retirement age. I have held 6 jobs in my 32 years of work and each one was worse than the last. Luckily they all paid very well, but I am glad to be done with it. Seems that under Obama you just just kick back, go on unemployment (good for almost 2 years now) and enjoy. Need to be debt free and have your house paid off to be able to live on that kind of money, but many do.
Jhon December 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I'm not launching my job career yet. anyway i'm waiting for next 2 step. even i found a website that become might be helpful for me at this time for a student jobs which is http://student-jobs.ca/


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