After weathering the stress and trauma of a divorce, having to put yourself “out there” to find a job can be a very daunting experience. You may still be raw emotionally from your divorce, and the thought of potentially facing rejection as you compete with others who may be younger or more experienced can fill you with dread.
This is when you need to stop and breathe. Because today, the job market is fairly robust, so there will undoubtedly be a place for you. You just need to be sure it’s the place you want to be. For a better job-hunting experience, consider these tips:
Explore your options. Don’t limit yourself in your hunt for the ideal job; instead, open yourself to exploring all the options that are available to you as you search for meaningful work. Ignore any discouraging comments from other people and go for what you want.
Reinvent yourself. Divorce brings all kinds of changes and your old career may not appeal to you anymore. Make a list of all the jobs that appeal to you — chef? dog trainer? — and as you review the list, try to feel where your heart is telling you to go.
Be confident. Divorce can be a killer of confidence, but if you think about all you have gone through to get where you are today, you may find you are stronger and more resilient than you’ve given yourself credit for. Call upon your inner super powers as you go about your job search!
Cast a wide net. Even if you don’t get the job you initially applied for, there may be another one at the same company where you’d be a perfect fit. But you won’t get that opportunity unless you apply.
Improve your skills. If you find yourself lacking some important skills for the career you really want, then go get some training. Not only are there online classes available for just about anything, your local community college is also a good place to sharpen your skill set.
Build your online resume. If you do not already have a LinkedIn account, set one up. This business network has become one of the most popular ways to find a new job, as it allows you to network with contacts you’ve made throughout your life that can eventually lead you to the position you want.
Network. Most people find a new job through networking — online or through friends and family. Through LinkedIn, you can see if any of your connections have connections at companies where you’d like to work.
At Cistaro Law, we are not only concerned with your divorce today, but also with your quality of life long after your case is over. Your family law issues deserve to be managed with dignity and respect. You can prepare to civilly resolve your divorce, heal, and move on with your life with a legal team that has helped individuals all over New Jersey to heal and prosper. Contact us today for your free consultation.