Re-Entry Tips

Found a great article offering tips on re-entering the workforce after a layoff.  While many will think the new employee should be jumping for joy, there are many emotions and worries that come along with being the “new kid” again.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124510378792116513.html?mod=WSJ_Careers_CareerJournal_5#articleTabs%3Darticle

Some other tips I would add is to avoid trying to make changes to the organization right away – it is good to learn processes and to question why things are done a certain way, but avoid coming in and trying to make wholesale changes in your first few days.

Another tip that builds off the previous one, do not compare offices/bosses/etc. to your previous job.  Nothing will turn people away faster than a new employee commenting, “At ABC, Inc we handled customer questions more efficiently” or “My last supervisor was really developed a sense of team by ….”  Though my examples show one tone, it is wise not to badmouth a former employer/boss; when an employee talk poorly about a former supervisor, the current supervisor knows it is just a matter of time until the new employee finds something wrong with the current supervisor.

Thoughts on re-entering the workplace? Tips?

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About Kevin Monahan

I have 10+ years experience in coaching clients in their career management and career change efforts. Personal career consulting services combined with employer outreach to help find opportunities for both constituents.
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