Tips for Returning to the Workforce after a Long Break

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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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Job Searching? Remember to Market Your Entrepreneurial Skills

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You were laid off from your last position and now are assessing your skills for today’s marketplace. Are you including your entrepreneurial skills?

“Entrepreneurial?” you say. “I don’t want to start my own company!” OK, maybe you’re not starting a business, but entrepreneurial skills will also make you a more valued employee.

In this article we look at skills that make you “entrepreneurial,” and therefore more attractive to employers. (more…)

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Behavioral Interview Questions: How Employers Learn About Your “Soft Skills”

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It’s fairly easy to talk about technical skills in a job interview – either you have a certain skill, or you don’t. You’ve done something before, or you haven’t.

But, your so-called “soft” skills – things like communication, problem-solving or leadership – are more difficult to talk about. And most employers consider soft skills to be highly important.

In this article we’ll look at:

  • the top soft skills employers are seeking, and
  • how you can present your soft skills to an employer through your answers to behavioral interview questions.

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Overcoming Your Fear of Going Back to School

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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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Job Search Success Story

Scott Redman: Solving The Job Search Puzzle in DuPage

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The star of this story is Scott Redman, an IT professional who received career and employment services from the DuPage County Workforce Development Division (WDD), located in the workNet DuPage Career Center in Lisle. Redman received a training grant through DuPage County WDD, that originated with the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and ultimately helped him land a new job he loves.

Scott Redman was hired by his current employer exactly one year to the day after losing his previous job. His layoff date became a happy anniversary, but his year-long journey to employment was not an easy one. (more…)

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