3 Steps to Getting Back Into the Workforce
One thing you’ll notice when focusing on fitness is that it’s very easy to get off track with your professional life. It doesn’t matter the type of fitness you are into, whether it is running, CrossFit, weight training, or anything else, all of these activities take up a fair amount of time. And, the more serious you get about them the more time they take.
When you realize you need to refocus a little of your attention on your career it might not be that easy. You may not have been in a professional setting for a while. That means it might be a bit of a head scratcher on how to get started with getting back into more of a career position than just a part-time job.
Here are three steps that will help you organize your life as far as jumping back into the workforce.
Outline Your Past Employment History
Depending on how old you are you may have previously worked one or two jobs or maybe a dozen. And, depending on how long you stay at each position it can get a little messy and confusing. One of the first steps of getting yourself employable is to make an outline of your previous work history.
You don’t need to include all of your work history if you have several decades behind you. Or, if you’ve had tons of jobs you don’t need to list them all. It is a good idea though to at least put down on paper and order your last 3 to 4 years of work history.
This will help you on the next step.
Put Together a New Resume
Chances are you have not updated your resume lately. That’s if you even have a resume at all. In order to get a new job that’s worth having you’re going to need to prepare one.
Luckily, if you follow the first step you will already be halfway there. Having your employment history outline will make it easy for you to transfer that over to a resume. After all most of your resume is going to consist of your work history.
You will also need to fill in some other information of course like a career objective, which basically tells a future employee why you think you’ll be a good fit for their company, and you might want to include some information about your education.
If you haven’t written a resume in a while it’s not a bad idea to get some help. A really easy way to get some samples and templates to work with is to find an online resource. For example, you can check out this website called Source Resume.
Narrow Down Your Target List
A common mistake one looking for new employment is to send your resume all over the place. This is often referred to as shot gunning. Don’t do this.
Instead try to focus on only the positions that really interest you. This allows you to spend more time custom tailoring your cover letter. You’ll want to keep a fairly general resume that you can share with every place you applied to, but that cover letter lets you customize everything.
However, if you apply to 50 different positions you will spend an unbelievable amount of time trying to customize 50 different cover letters. It’s just not a good use of your time.
The big take away here is that if you prepare properly and put a little effort in upfront your job search will be much easier.