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Tips for entering the workforce after your divorce

When you and your spouse decide to end your marriage, the division of your assets is a significant concern. However, once you receive a final divorce decree, you may find that your focus shifts to making ends meet as a newly single person in New York.

If you stop receiving spousal support and must enter the workforce for the first time or after a long hiatus, following these tips can ensure a positive experience.

Consider your options

Whether you explore job options in your pre-marriage field, decide to take a new professional direction or ease back into the workforce with a part-time job, start by identifying your passions and goals. Also, consider the pros and cons of self-employment and working for someone else.

Ask for assistance

Friends and family who know you well can provide assistance and feedback about your career direction. You can also consider professional career counseling or job placement services for help identifying the type of work that will utilize your skills and meet your personal objectives.

Prepare your resume

You can prepare a solid resume despite gaps in your employment history. Start by identifying your skills and experience from volunteer or part-time work. For example, potential employers may admire your ability to raise funds, manage projects and solve complex problems. Then, compose your resume using an easily readable format that hiring managers can scan. The Department of Labor can provide free resume-building and job search assistance.

Research child care

If you and your ex-spouse share children you will need childcare assistance while you are working. Family, friends or professional caretakers are appropriate, though arranging backup options is advisable.

Although returning to work after a divorce can be intimidating, it can also be the beginning of a fulfilling career and lifestyle.

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