By elaine | March 17, 2016
This has been a horrible season for the flu! It knocked me out for almost three weeks, two of which I was unable to work. It was difficult to be out of work for that time, and I was anxious to get back into the swing of things. That’s when I started thinking about those who are currently unemployed and have to worry about not working all the time! Even if you are returning to your job following a deployment or TDY, there are still stressors. That’s the reason for this article…to share some insights on returning to the work world.
Will you be returning to your existing job?
- To ease the transition back, make an effort to stay in contact with your co-workers and boss while you’re gone. That will help ease the worry regarding whether or not the job will be there when you return.
- Access the company/employer website from time to time to keep up on changes that may occur. This will enable you to jump back in quicker, which increases your value to your co-workers.
- When you return to work, immediately set an appointment with your manager to review any changes in upgrades, passwords, changes in your position or duties, and new policies. Don’t let things pass you by.
- Be willing to relearn or retrain for parts of your job…especially technology.
Need to find a new job?
- Learn how to “work” job fairs. Your purpose is to leave with appointments for interviews, so “meet and greet” enough to accomplish that, but know when to move on from a conversation. Sometimes that can be awkward. Try this: open a conversation with a handshake, which is a non-verbal way of starting, and when you need to leave, put out your hand for a closing handshake. That will signify that the conversation has come to a close. It’s a comfortable way to politely end your interaction.
- Make a plan before you go. Know the type of company you would like to work for and head for those booths first.
- Take physical resumes even if you’re pretty sure that applications will be made online. You don’t want to miss out on leaving a way for them to remember you.
- Get your “network” in position. Identify who can help you with your job search mission. Be very clear on what you’re looking for, and tell everyone you can! That way they can keep their ears open for companies looking for your skills.
- Write a “keyword” resume for online applications. Company software will search for the resumes that contain the nouns pertinent to the job. Keywords are a way to dramatically increase the possibility that your resume will get you invited to an interview.
Your time on the job is a big part of your life. Make the job work for you by taking the time to foster your work relationships and find the best fit for who you are and who you want to be!