Going Back to Work After a Divorce

Transitioning back into a new routine after a divorce can be difficult and scary at times, especially if you need to return to work as a result of financial circumstances changing. If you are a stay-at-home mom and have not been in the workforce for some time, it is understandable how this can become overwhelming. However, it doesn’t always have to be daunting.

To get started in your back-to-work strategy, begin by getting your resume in order. Google can be an excellent resource for resume updating. Use it to your advantage to research samples and templates. Also, talk to family and friends about what kind of jobs they have. This can help you refine your interests and give you new ideas on where you want to work. It can also open doors to connections for job opportunities. Be sure to let everyone around you know that you are looking for a new job. Be open to new roles and switching careers, as it can benefit your mental health and make the transition a little easier.

Now is actually a great time to get back to work if you are anxious about a new office setting. As a result of the pandemic, there has been a major shift to a work-from-home model. Remote work has been a huge success for many companies while under stay-at-home orders, which is why they are choosing to allow employees to continue working remotely. Working from home can make your transition into work a much easier one. You can get into a groove of working again while having the comfort of being in your own home and staying close to your children.

Remote work has been an overwhelming success for both employees and employers. According to a survey conducted by PwC, the shift in positive attitudes toward remote work is evident: 83% of employers say the shift to remote work has been successful for their company.1 If you like the idea of working from home, you’re not alone. Many employees surveyed by PwC say their companies have been successful in finding ways to make working from home more productive. Allowing the flexibility needed to manage family matters is rated highest: 79% of employees say it’s been a success.2

Because going through a divorce is such a life-changing event, it doesn’t mean that getting back into the workforce needs to also be scary. Working from home can create less stress and be a smoother transition for when you need a new source of income after a divorce. If you’re looking for sound advice and tips about re-entering the workforce, listen to the ADR podcast with guest Executive Coach, Kerrian Fournier.

1,2: PwC’s US Remote Work Survey

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