Four Tips to Successfully Reenter the Workforce

There are many reasons why people leave the workforce. Aging parents, the need for post-secondary education, burnout, layoffs, or relocation for spouse/significant other are just to name a few.

Depending on the reason, unemployment can be disheartening. It can also be hard on the wallet. Here are four tips to help you reenter the workforce.

Maintain a Professional Network

Don’t neglect your professional network when you leave the workforce. Your network may include alumni, former coworkers, or those who share the same hobby or interest as you do. When you decide to reenter the workforce, the support of your professional network will be critical, so it is important to stay in touch. Grab a coffee or lunch with them every so often. After all, they will probably be your best source for a professional reference when the time comes.

Continue Building Skills

The world of work moves fast and stops for no one. Therefore, look for opportunities to continue building your skill set. Take some courses or earn extra certifications (many can be done online). Take on projects, either in your community or for local businesses. Doing this not only helps you fill gaps in your resume, but it also shows prospective employers that you are always looking to improve yourself.

In addition to building professional skills, work on personal skills. Job seekers have taught themselves how to weld or restore old cars during their time off. Not only is this emotionally rewarding, but it could also offer a new, bankable job skill.


If you drop out of the workforce, you may feel that you do not have enough time to volunteer. However, in just the same way that many employers are moving to flexible work schedules, many charities have a variety of jobs that can be done in the same type of manner. There are also numerous weekend opportunities available. These types of volunteer opportunities can be a great way to (again) fill gaps in your resume and show off project management skills, home repair skills, or communication skills. It is also a great way to network and add references to your resume as well.

Work With a Staffing Agency

One of the best ways to reenter the workforce is to work with a reputable staffing firm that can help you find your next job. A recruiter will have the inside scoop on who’s hiring and can help you get that foot in the door that you need.

Let Snelling help you reenter the workforce. Locate your local Snelling office today!