Tips for Re-Entering the Workforce
Being a woman over 40 who is breaking her way back in to the workforce can be an intimidating venture. Our mind may even convince us that the younger version of ourselves could have landed a job much more easily. We may even judge that others feel that way as well.
Now hold on! Get that negative self-talk out of your head! Changing careers or staring a new career is a feat we can accomplish at any age. Check out the following tips for finding, and landing, the perfect job or career for you.
When Re-Entering the Workforce…
Don’t pad a resume.
Only include work experience from the last 10 years. If you have been on hiatus, transfer volunteer skills into work experience-highlight your leadership and fund-raising abilities.
Project confidence and self-assurance.
No matter what question they toss you, be ready with an answer that connotes your ease at making changes or nailing a learning curve.
Swallow your pride.
You may have to go horizontal before you’re back to a vertical move. Sometimes you must support the lead before becoming the star once again.
Do what you love.
Don’t listen to anyone who says you need to stick out a horrible job because you’re 40, 50 or 60. It’s your life – love what you do, be who you are.
Embrace the 4 C’s.
Practice your narrative so it’s compelling and stresses your competence, charm and collegiality. Those four essentials trump everything else!
Make sure your grooming is impeccable and you’re wearing clothes that are tailored and understated with just a touch of whimsy. Focus on the visuals to reassure the interviewer you’ve got what it takes.
Many thanks to our expert, Ellen Lubin-Sherman, for sharing these practical and helpful tips for us women who are stepping out of our comfort zone and taking on a new role in life.