The Wildflower Group is pleased to welcome guest blogger Suzanne Hinton to our site!
You are headed back into the workforce. I am excited for you and you should be as well! You are heading into a new chapter of your life with new experiences to come. No matter how long you have been out of the workforce, you just need to remember that there is someone out there looking for your skills and talents. Here is some advice I share with the women I coach that are reentering the job market.
Be Confident: An employer will always hire the confident applicant over an applicant that is much less confident in themselves. I recommend putting sticky notes on your bathroom mirror with affirmations like “I have many talents” or “Someone is waiting for me to work for them." Other good ones are “I am good at what I do” and “I will get the job I want." You get the idea, the more notes, the better. Read them every day out loud to yourself.
Know Your Finances: Do you have a monthly budget and know what you will need in a salary to pay your monthly bills? How will you know if a job will take care of you if you don’t know what you need in a salary? If you find a job that you really like but doesn’t meet your salary requirements, do you have areas you can downsize? You don’t want to spend your time and effort on jobs that can’t sustain you. When I interview, I will often lead with the salary range to make sure it meets the financial needs of the applicant. Why waste my time and theirs doing interviews when the job isn’t a good fit?
Use Your Network: Your friends will want to help, and can you give ideas and referrals. If you are using social media, post that you are starting to look for a job and ask for advice and recommendations. If you know the field you are interested in, ask if anyone has contacts they could connect you to. The more you network the better. Join groups that can help you network. Get yourself out there!
Build a Professional LinkedIn Profile: This is the first place I go when I am interviewing someone. Does the person have a warm and inviting appearance? Is their picture and profile professional? Do they have referrals? Who are they connected to? You can highlight your skills and talents here just as easily as you do on your resume.
Hire a Professional Resume Writer: Don’t dust off a resume, have a professional recreate one to show who you are, what your skills and talents are, and what you can offer. A great resume can get you in the door for an interview while building up your confidence at the same time. A run of the mill resume will often end up in the trash. There are professional resume writers out there that can help. I have a great one who works with my clients to produce a resume that does stand out and something you will be incredibly proud of.
Consider a Career Coach: The right career coach can make all the difference in the world and provide you the guidance and direction you will definitely need if you have been out of the workforce for a while. If you do make that investment in yourself, make sure you pick a coach that can trust and work well with. Select a coach that has the tools, skills, experience, reputation and share the same values that you have. The right coach will absolutely help you get that job you desire and deserve. Review their website and program. How they sell themselves to you is how they will teach you to sell yourself to a future employer. Find a coach who will invest in you and be looking out for your best interests.
Suzanne Hinton is based in Denver, CO. She is an executive in the medical diagnostic market as well as a Certified Coach at Z1CareerZone. Suzanne works specifically with women in the U.S. who are re-entering the job market. You can find out more about Suzanne and the services she offers at https://www.z1careerzone.com/.