REENTERING THE WORKFORCE AFTER DIVORCE

By Irving H. Zaroff, JD LMFT and Dana Schutz, MA LMFT

Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What's a sundial in the shade?
~Benjamin Franklin

Divorce brings many changes. One of the most difficult is for a spouse that sacrificed career and work to manage the home and family. Divorce creates an obligation to participate in creating income while transitioning from a single household to two households. This brief article will offer some resources to develop a plan on how to move forward.

Recognizing your talents and interests is often a good place to start. One excellent resource is Richard Bolles', "What Color is Your Parachute." In a step-by-step approach you can explore different career opportunities that can motivate you. The book does a wonderful job outlining the status of today's workplace. Bolles also goes on to discuss the significant changes in the online world and how people find work.

If you find yourself in this position, the first step would be to spend some time investigating these new frontiers. Below are a few interesting websites that may be helpful in taking the first step.

For those new to the workforce, www.myplan.com is helpful. This website provides a structure to formulate an overall plan and can help to focus an individual toward a particular direction. From there, exploring www.jobsearchjimmy.com is a great resource for beginners to develop a cover letter and resume. For the more experienced, or displaced worker, www.bls.gov, gathers data and provides a snapshot of the current workforce and marketplace. If government jobs are of interest to you www.usajob.com lists current jobs available. If you want to explore the general marketplace, both www.careerbuilder.com and www.monster.com are free websites which allow individuals to create accounts, upload resumes and begin receiving emails related to specific areas of interest immediately. If you would like a more thorough list, please feel free to see our career builder link on our website at www.centerforcooperativedivorce.com under resources and links.



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