In many cases, the financial situation after divorce can necessitate that a man or woman who was previously unemployed or a “stay-at-home” parent, return to the workplace. This decision involves a variety of different issues to consider and steps that should be taken to ensure that this new path to finding a job after divorce is successful.
First of all, it is common for a person returning to the business world after a significant absence to experience a myriad of emotions. These can include fear of failure, fear of the unknown, unfamiliarity with technology, concerns regarding the change in lifestyle and utilizing childcare - just to name a few. Understand that these fears and concerns are natural and this new direction will require some leaps of faith and bolstered self-confidence. Believe that you can attain whatever you set your mind and efforts to.
So what are the steps to finding and securing a job post-divorce?
- Cast a wide net. Don’t limit yourself to past job experience. The skills acquired in those positions may translate into different fields.
- Use every source you have to learn about possible job openings. Talk to friends, family, neighbors, former employers and co-workers and let them all know that you are looking for a job. You never know where an opportunity will come from.
- Spend time on your resume. A good resume can help you get your foot in the door. Be sure your resume is polished, updated, grammatically correct and impactful by having someone else look over it. Also, even if you have been out of the workforce, be sure to include volunteering or fundraising work.
- Consider going back to school. Flexible and online school programs make it possible to finish a Bachelor’s Degree or earn a Master’s Degree, even with a hectic schedule. Or you may want to consider signing up for a few courses that will educate you on a particular skill.
- Use a head hunter’s service, if applicable. Your professional job seeker may aid you in finding a new position, depending upon your past experiences. They get paid by your potential employer.
While child support and alimony may cover some of your current expenses, it is important to understand that they are not long-term solutions. You need to establish a means of self-sufficiency both for the financial and emotional impact it will have on your life.
Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney Charles D. Jamieson understands that divorce is an extremely sensitive and important issue. Thanks to extensive experience and a focus on open communication, Attorney Charles Jamieson adeptly addresses the complex issues surrounding divorce while delivering excellent personal service. To discuss division of property in your divorce, please contact The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. online or call 561-478-0312.