The growth of the job market and economic changes due to the effects of Covid-19 have forced large numbers of women to face something potentially terrifying – job hunting. Sometimes this is due to financial shortfalls, maybe the kids are all in school or have grown up and flown the nest, or often it is simply because a woman is seeking a new challenge.
Whatever the reason, looking for a full or part-time job can be a very stressful experience, especially when it has been several years since a woman has played an active role in the workforce. Though in most situations, the stress and anxiety caused by such a significant life change can be managed with some great tips and tricks, there are times when fear and anxiety cannot be resolved without professional assistance. Orlando Thrive Therapy is a trusted source of women’s therapy in Winter Garden and nearby areas, do not hesitate to contact us when you require therapy services.
There are many ways to reduce the stress of a job search. It can often be an exciting and rewarding learning experience when approached with feelings of preparedness and confidence. An excellent tactic for preparing for getting back on the job is practicing interview questions and taking inventory of skills and strengths. What activities have you been involved with? What skills have you developed? Do some skills need updating or polishing? What are the things that you are good at and that you enjoy being a part of? Questions like these can help indicate the types of jobs and working conditions that would be a great fit.
Updating or creating a resume is vital in today’s job market. Check the bookstore or library for resume writing guides, or look online for tips. In addition, research information made available on the U.S. Department of Labor website (www.dol.gov) for links to Federal or state labor offices that offer additional advice and assistance. Finally, keep it handy once it is perfected, and don't ever be shy about handing out copies.
Making new contacts is an excellent tool for scoring that perfect job. Sign up for workshops offered by local business groups or state agencies. Join committees or do some volunteer work with your local school, library, church, or synagogue. These activities can be enjoyable and give you new skills, but more importantly, they will provide valuable networking contacts in this situation. The best job opportunities often come not from the local help-wanted advertisements or websites but from the people you meet and get to know.
It never hurts to think outside of the box. A history of working in retail or being a secretary does not mean that is all that will be possible now. Examining personal growth and taking inventory of interests is highly beneficial. Never only consider jobs that you could do easily, but contemplate available job opportunities that would be genuinely challenging and interesting. Showing self-confidence will give employers confidence in adding you to their team.
Yes, that first job interview will cause nervousness and anxiety. Still, it is also a valuable learning experience that will help prepare for all the other interviews in the future. The key is to prepare as much as possible and carefully consider what you are qualified to do and what you want to do—making job-hunting an exciting and rewarding experience will likely lead to a fulfilling position with an employer who appreciates you.
Again, sometimes overcoming nervousness and anxiety goes beyond just new job jitters. Visit orlandothrivetherapy.com to inquire about women’s therapy in Winter Garden and nearby areas; they have professional assistance to get you on the way to feeling like yourself again.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.