I have been invited to speak at Atlanta’s Divorcetown USA’s Help and Hope Fair on September 27, an event for individuals pre, during or post-divorce which features exhibitors and speakers, concurrent educational sessions, and a panel discussion to guide people through this journey. As part of this event, I am offering several tips to help with career or job coaching during this stressful time.

If you find yourself in a situation where you must climb “back in the saddle again,” re-enter the job market after an absence, it can feel overwhelming. As a career coach, who specializes in new beginnings, I have worked with many folks in this situation. I have learned a few things from working with this wonderful group of people.  Half of the battle is realizing that you do have value in the job market.  Armed with a little knowledge, possibly a skill upgrade, and the desire to “get up on the horse again, in control,” many job seekers have found a new beginning, an exciting career, or a return to a previously satisfying job.  Here is my first tip, and I plan to post more every few days.

Tip 1 Decide on your approach, career exploration or job search.

First, you should determine your approach, career or job search. Decide if you are targeting a career change or a return to previous employment. If you want to change careers, you can be involved in an exciting career assessment process where you look at your interests and aptitudes and research career choices that are trending and have high growth. You might enter a new career through training, developing skills in a volunteer capacity.   Many of my clients when re-entering the market, find it helpful to do a two-phased approach. During phase 1 they quickly develop the skills to obtain a job, to pay the bills, but they seek one in a work environment of interest. That way they can check out the field, make contacts and develop some experience. In phase 2 they begin long term training, possibly paid by an employer, to go for a long term goal. For example, somebody brushes up her skills to be a receptionist in a mental health center and later returns to college to earn a Masters in Social Work or become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

In my next several tips I will focus on job coaching techniques for finding a job, perhaps returning to something you have done before.

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