Oakland, California (PRWEB) January 26, 2009
Increasing numbers of people are heading back into the job market after long absences - some by choice, others out of necessity. Having stopped because of childbirth, illness, divorce, eldercare, premature retirement or business difficulties, many had vanished from the employment radar. Now they are looking for work, the most common reasons being money, healthcare benefits, mental stimulation, and staying productive. But they are returning with a host of questions and insecurities.
"Returning to the workplace after an extended absence can feel intimidating and overwhelming," said Beth Witrogen, author of "Re-entering the Workplace: Seven Questions You Must First Ask and Answer." She explained, "People typically don't know where to start an effective job search. Today the world of work and its technologies have changed. In addition, this challenged economy has created added competition. Those re-entering the marketplace, whether to look for a sustaining job or to resume a career, must have a keen sense of themselves and their goals. They must now use more creative work search strategies."
The U.S. Department of Labor shows that one-third of highly qualified women take time out of the workforce. While 93% of them want to return to work, only 74% actually do. Some may abandon their efforts out of discouragement, because they are unfamiliar with the tools and resources needed to look for a new job effectively in this competitive market.
Witrogen suggests that re-entrants can become fully prepared and confident by first understanding their motivations, fears, and preferences. "Re-entering the Workplace: Seven Questions You Must First Ask and Answer" poses critical questions that help structure thinking, lower resistances, and clarify direction. Practical next steps for an action plan, helpful tips and an excellent resources list round out this timely, practical resource.
About the Author
Beth Witrogen is a writer, speaker, and consultant on spirituality, caregiving, and renewal at midlife. She is a double Pulitzer Prize nominee, one for her book "Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal" (Wiley) and one for her groundbreaking newspaper series ("The Caregivers") at The San Francisco Examiner. She has been published and interviewed widely by national media for her insights into healing and growth at midlife. She gives keynotes and workshops on conscious aging, wellness for caregivers, and women's issues. Beth is also a professional photographer specializing in wildlife; her images often accompany her talks. Reach her through http://www.witrogen.com.
About the Publisher
Night Owl Companion offers practical, timely resources to help with "the stuff that keeps you up at night." Our print and audio materials present insight, perspective and solutions for people in transition. We focus on informed decision-making and self-help in the areas of work, career, personal growth, health and wellness and other important life topics. Selected titles include, "Your Work Search Companion: A Toolkit for Finding Your Best Place to Work," and "Finding the Work You Want: A Practical Guide to Help You Discover Your Values, Skills, and Marketability."
"Re-entering the Workplace: Seven Questions You Must First Ask and Answer," (ISBN 978-0-9817294-2-8) 34 pages, January 2009, $16.95, is available through the publisher, Night Owl Companion Publishing. Order online at http://www.NightOwlCompanion.com. Contact publisher: Marty Silberstein, Owner, Night Owl Companion Publishing, 510-530-5802.