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Getting back into the workforce after divorce

For many women, divorce means having to go back to work for the first time in many years. For stay-at-home moms, the transition back into the workforce after a divorce can be challenging and frightening. In some cases, the job they previously had doesn't even exist anymore. Further, technological changes have made looking for a job a very different endeavor than it used to be.

Going back into the workforce in the in 2016 can be daunting. However, there are plenty of resources to help you. Here are a few areas where you should seek assistance or at least work on your own to develop or refresh your skills:

-- If you're not sure what kind of jobs your skills can be used for, consider consulting a job coach.

-- Put the word out that you're looking for a job. Networking is essential. Contact former colleagues, friends and others who can put in a good word for you.

-- Practice your interviewing skills. There are plenty of websites and other resources to help you learn to sell yourself, your abilities and what you can contribute to a company.

-- Work on your resume. There are plenty of resume-writing resources out there. Focus on the work you've done and how you can bring those skills to the type of job you're seeking. Get feedback from friends. By all means, have someone else proofread it before you send it out.

-- Refresh your technology skills. Find out what programs you need to be proficient in to do the job you're looking for. There are classes available to help you learn or improve your abilities.

Women who have been out of the workforce who need time to go back to school or learn new skills should work to get spousal support to take care of their financial needs until they're able to do that for themselves. Family law attorneys can help to do that. If you are going to be the primary caretaker for your children, you may not be able to work full-time. All of that needs to be factored in to your settlement.

Source: Huffington Post, "Tips for Going Back to Work After Divorce," Jackie Pilossoph, Jan. 04, 2016

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  1. The only truth your children need to know is that you both love them unconditionally, and that this isn't their fault.
  2. Take the high road — everyone wins when you do what's best for your kids.
  3. Negotiate but don't capitulate — if you are being pushed toward something detrimental for your children, stand your ground.
  4. You can only control yourself and how you respond. Don't engage.
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  6. You are still their parent — don't be afraid to be one.
  7. Disneyland is in California, not in your home. Don't set up unreasonable expectations.
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