Tips for Returning to the Workforce after a Long Break


By Kathy McAuliffe

So you have been out of the workforce for the past 10 years.  Perhaps you were child-rearing, or tending to an ill family member who has now passed away.  Maybe you were serving in the armed forces, or running your own fishing boat business in the Bahamas.

Now you want to go back into the world of “work.”  If you approach it the right way, you can make it a less difficult and time-consuming process; however, it will take planning and preparation before you even start your job search.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what you need to do to get ready for the plunge.


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Guiding Cupid’s Arrows Toward Your Target Company


, Career Counselor

Valentine’s Day can be polarizing. Some lean into the sweetness, while others find the pink-and-red everything to be a bit excessive. Regardless of how you feel, the quest for love shares many similarities with the job search. You have your own set of skills, experiences, and interests, and you’re trying to find a place where you can be appreciated. Whether that’s with another person or a company, it’s all about compatibility.

Read on to see how you can become your own Corporate Cupid, and make sure you’re giving your job search the TLC it deserves. (more…)

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Overcoming Your Fear of Going Back to School


You may be thinking about going to back to school to obtain new skills or credentials, but does the thought of going back to school make you uneasy? Maybe a little scared?

If so, you’re not alone in feeling that way. Here are some of the most common concerns people have about going back to school, and why you shouldn’t let them stop you! (more…)

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Tips to Re-Energize Your Job Search


You’ve been searching for your next position every day since your layoff. It’s now been months. It’s getting frustrating at best; tedious at worst. You don’t like feeling this way and you know you need to change things up to bring life back into your search.

Here are some ideas to boost the job search adrenalin and energize you back to your normal productive and positive self. (more…)

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Groundhog Day and Your Job Search


Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. As the legend goes, if the groundhog comes out of his hole and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. Of course, this may or may not be true. Many think the groundhog has strong predictor abilities; others scoff at his legendary skills.

But as the movie Groundhog Day so humorously portrays, the day of wondering about the end of winter (your period of career transition) will keep coming again and again until you take charge of yourself, choose to see that spring (your job) is coming, and then make changes to head you in the right direction. (more…)

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The Gorilla in the Room: Your Nagging Need for Employment


“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” – Robert Strauss

You’ve been searching for a job for a while. And now it’s Monday and time to get back to it in earnest. Frankly, you don’t want to. You are tired this morning, and tired of the search. You’ve been at it for weeks now — maybe even months, or longer. Sometimes it seems as if all your efforts will never pay off.

But is your “gorilla” tired of it? (more…)

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Facing the Job Search Mountain in 2016


This past year, I had a really interesting conversation with a job seeker. I’ll say his name was Joe.

At the time of our conversation, Joe had been job searching for over a year, and as his goal for employment he had chosen a very particular career at a very well-known company. However, due to his lack of experience, he had been told by many people that he was aiming too high and that he was crazy for doing so.

His question to me was, “Do you think I’m crazy?” (more…)

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