After years of staying home with the children, returning to work after divorce doesn’t have to be a negative experience. You just have to approach it with the right attitude.
Getting back into the career world is something you can be excited about after a divorce. It shouldn’t be something to dread because you can use your new career to jump-start your new identity, or at least tweak it a bit to make you happier.
This is your chance to redefine who you are professionally, and it comes with so many positive opportunities. You know the saying, “Out with the old, and in with the new?”
Here are some ways to have the positive outlook you need as you become a new career woman after divorce.
Do Your Research
Whether you’re rejoining a career field you were in previously or leaping into a brand new one, it’s a good idea to do your research, so you know the trends in the industry. It’s best to understand the job market, average salary, and skills that are desired.
This will give you so many advantages when you start creating your resume and scoring those interviews. You’ll know what skills to highlight and what type of salary is fair to negotiate so your potential new employer won’t think you’re insane. That’s probably not the type of career identity you want for yourself.
A great website to check out for this research is glassdoor.com. This website will show all the information shown above and allows you to view it by geographic location if you like. You can even see real employee reviews to get a feel for the work environment to help decide where you want to start your new career. Now, that’s a great way to start things on a positive note!
Wardrobe Purge and Splurge
To have a more positive outlook on your new career life, it’s time to make sure you have the right wardrobe. You probably have spent a lot of time and money on your children, and now is a time that you should give your style some attention. Your wardrobe is an excellent place to start especially if you feel like you don’t have any clothes that are work appropriate. Maybe, the workplace items that you have aren’t your favorite and don’t make you feel empowered.
Start by getting rid of pieces that don’t reflect who you are or who you want to be when it comes to the workplace. If you put it on and don’t feel confident, that might be a sign to get rid of it. If you have some nice threads in your closet, you can donate them for a tax deduction or sell them to second-hand stores to get some extra cash to spend on new clothes. You can even sell your clothes on sites like Poshmark.com.
Now that you have cleared some space in your closet, maybe even doubled because someone else’s clothes aren’t taking up that precious room, piece back together a wardrobe that you want for your new career. Think about what pieces will boost your self-confidence so you can shine at work. Don’t forget some powerful footwear and a few statement items while you’re out shopping.
Create a Positive Home
Work-life balance is a hot topic right now, and it’s true that you should strive for that. However, if work or home is off kilter, it will likely affect the other. Figuring out how to have a positive home environment includes some significant steps that you might not want to make but need to consider. These decisions mainly revolve around downsizing.
You might consider downsizing by selling your home after your divorce if you’ll have fewer people living with you. Keeping up with a large house can cause additional stress you don’t need affecting your personal or professional life. If you do decide to sell, find a home the matches your new lifestyle and makes you happy.
Another consideration to make is regarding jewelry you still possess, and there’s probably a particular piece of jewelry that comes to mind as you read this. If you’re not sure about this type of downsizing, it’s worth looking into some options just to see what’s out there. You’d be surprised at how many options are out there, including a new way to sell your diamond.