You’re Ready to Enter (or Re-Enter) the Workplace

If you’re in a situation where you’ve either been out of work due to a layoff or cut, need a part-time job to supplement your income because in order to keep your job you’ve had to take a pay cut, are a stay at home mom who is now ready to enter the workforce, or a recent high school or college graduate ready to take your place in the workplace, it helps to have a launch pad or starting place in which to begin your search. While the job market an economy is in a state of flux, there are still jobs to be had, you may just have to start lower or slower in terms of the pay scale or position. But it is work, and with perseverance and determination, you could find yourself gainfully employed sooner rather than later.


Where to Start

At first, plunging into the job market for a job suited to your skillset may liken to the old saying “looking for a needle in a haystack.” However, while the age of technology has closed the door and added to some position eliminations, it has also opened a window of opportunity that would not have been possible without the likes of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates (two innovative, out of the box perseveres) You just have to know who you are and where to look.


Know Your Skill Set

If you don’t know who you are or what you have to offer a company, they won’t know either. First, define your skill set. If you have a degree in a specific area, focus on that first. Some of the hottest markets today are in nursing and the medical field. And the variants on these jobs are many. You don’t have to be an MD or an RN in order to obtain work. There are administrative jobs as well as other jobs within this industry.


The Internet is the New “Want Ad”

If the medical industry isn’t a good fit, there are other general employment opportunities to be had that are literally just a click away. The internet is the new “want ad.” Use your favorite search engine to google sites that are job opportunity oriented such as You will find a listing of hundreds of jobs of which you can apply for online, from administrative and sales jobs to customer service, in home care, and other miscellaneous work, both full time and part time. (One key factor is job certain your resume is both accurate and current.) To increase your chances, once you’ve submitted your resume, follow up with both an email and a phone call. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.


Temp Agencies Can Lead to Permanent Positions

Another avenue you can try is the traditional temp agency. There are many national agencies that place people on a daily basis. Again, have your resume ready. If you prefer a more traditional approach, schedule an in person interview, or, many of these agencies also offer online applications. One of the best things about working for a temp agencies is it can often lead to full time employment.


Patience, Persistence, Perseverance

If you’re ready and willing to work, and understand that you may have to start with the basics and work your way up the ladder, then there is a job waiting for you. Just remember the three P’s of professionalism: patience, persistence and perseverance.