- Rely on your network. There may be a tendency to avoid friends, family or fellow parishioners out of embarrassment or fear of judgment regarding the divorce. I encourage you to have faith in your relationships and know the people who truly care about you are there to help regardless of your situation. Their leads and active introductions can make a huge difference in finding a job or a better job.
- Take inventory.Take a careful inventory of your skills, accomplishments, experiences, passions and values as you address your job situation. This is especially important for former stay-at-home moms who are getting back in the workforce. This inventory will help you clearly and confidently articulate what you can offer a prospective employer and assist in making the right job choice from a fit perspective.
- Recognize the trend towards flexible employment. For years, there has been a growing trend towards flexible hours, working remotely, job sharing and project based work. This is welcome news for divorced parents with children in their care. Being open towards (and actively looking for) these kinds of roles can make your life and income potential grow. One great organization for mothers looking to reenter the workforce is Mom Corps. Check them out at www.momcorps.com.
- Put pride aside and ask for help. This is somewhat connected to the networking idea. For many of us, asking for help can be very difficult. But, I challenge you to put your pride aside and ask your parish priest, neighbors, former classmates and anyone else you know for assistance in your career search. I suggest you will be surprised at how much people are willing to enthusiastically help if you will only take the time to ask them.
Randy Hain, Senior Editor for The Integrated Catholic Life™, is the author of The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work which was recently released by Liguori Publications. The Catholic Briefcase is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online and your local Catholic bookstore.
Randy Hain’s new book, Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith will be released by Liguori Publications in November 2012 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.