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Job Hunting

In a divorce, it is common for a spouse to need more income. Although the circumstances can vary greatly, articles in the August 15, 2020 and August 31, 2020 LA Times give some common sense advice that can benefit the spouse who is seeking employment or a better paying job.

1. Consider Your Skills: Make a list of your skills, interests and strengths.

2. Be Current: Take a class or volunteer to improve your skills and to add current activity for your resume.

3. Join LinkedIn: Create a current LinkedIn Profile, use a current photo and include anything that can help employers learn about you and your personality.

4. Customize Your Resume: Your Resume is an advertisement. Put your skills at the top and focus on the last 10 years. When you find a job you want, be prepared to customize the resume for the job you are seeking.

5. Investigate: Once you have identified where you would like to work, go on the internet and find out everything you can about the job you want and the people who work there. Maybe you will find someone you know or someone who can make an introduction.

6. Connections: Don’t be afraid of appearing needy. Now is the time to tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. You never know when someone you know or meet can help you.

7. Update But Don’t Overdue: People do judge a book by its cover, so it makes sense to update your look with more stylish glasses and clothes, but don’t go overboard. Make sure your LinkedIn photo matches the new you and never make big changes just before an interview.

8. Exercise: Even if it’s just walking the dog, when you exercise it does things to your attitude and gives you a better presentation.

9. Know Your Interviewer: Once you get an interview with an employer, research the interviewer. Here is where LinkedIn can really help you because it lists personal interest as well as backgrounds. This is particularly important when your interview does not take place in an employer’s office. In the office you can look around for clues such as a photo of children or beautiful dog. These things can give you “ice breakers” to make a connection.

10. Be Curious: In an interview ask questions. Curiosity shows you are interested in the job and willing to learn.

11. Salary Options: It might be hard to get back to your old salary, but with a solid work history and skills you can negotiate other options such as flex time, vacation or the ability to work from home. Be open to new opportunities.

12. Waiting: While you are waiting for your job hunting efforts to produce results, you will likely need cash. To earn cash in a hurry consider temporary or free lance jobs, often referred to as “gigs.” This might involve caring for children, the elderly and pets. It can also involve cleaning houses, driving, shopping, and general labor. A good place to start is for a complete inventory of opportunities. The important thing is to never give up and learn from every experience.

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