Finding a Job After Your Divorce

Finding a Job After Your DivorceDivorce leaves you little choice but to re-enter the workforce if you were not employed during your marriage. You may receive spousal maintenance on the condition that you try to become self-supporting. You need your own source of income anyways because maintenance payments may not give you enough money to live comfortably. Finding a job can be a difficult and sometimes frustrating experience, particularly if you have been unemployed for several years. You must prepare for the job search process to find ultimate success.

Determine Your Career

Looking for a job starts with knowing what job you want and how to present yourself as a qualified candidate. It may not be as simple as re-entering the career field of your last job because job requirements can change in just a few years. Before you apply for jobs, you should:

  • Discuss your job search goals with a career counselor;
  • Determine whether you need to update your job skills with continuing education;
  • Identify which jobs best match your strengths and skills; and
  • Update your resume to reflect your most recent experience.

Understand the Application Process

If it has been years since you last looked for a job, you will notice that the application process has changed drastically. Most employers post their openings through online job listings and require you to submit your application electronically. Finding and applying for jobs online is convenient, but the process makes it difficult for you to stand out from other candidates. The keys to the online application process are:

  • Networking with other professionals for jobs leads; and
  • Tailoring your resume to include keywords that match the job description.

Identify Your Needs

The right job for you should meet your needs as a self-supporting adult and parent. You may receive a job offer that does not meet these requirements. Before accepting a job offer, you should consider whether:

  • The pay will cover your living expenses when combined with support payments;
  • The job includes health insurance benefits; and
  • Your childcare schedule can work with your job hours.

In some cases, you cannot wait for the perfect job opportunity because you need the income immediately. You must judge whether you can afford to turn down a job that does not meet all of your needs.

Contact a Kane County Divorce Attorney

You should expect that you will need time to find a self-supporting career after you have divorced. A St. Charles, Illinois, divorce attorney at Goostree Law Group can help you create a divorce settlement that will support you while you are searching for a new job. Schedule a free consultation by calling 630-584-4800.


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