Even as the economy begins to improve many organizations continue to restructure and fine tune their operations for greater profitability and productivity.  At times  many long term employees end up losing their jobs

At first it becomes a  shock to their system because they probably thought this would never happen to them. Somehow they had a false perception that they would spend the rest of their working lives at this one organization. After the shock wears off, many  workers, especially mature one feel as if they will never get another job.

To make matters worse, they are unfamiliar even how to compile a resume or how to utilize the social media. And going on an interview is even more shocking.

Seeking employment is almost like dating again. Everything seems to be foreign and brand new. But do not despair.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when getting back into the workplace.

First, change your thinking habits! You need to believe in yourself that you are going to find your ideal job. Then find out what are your strengths. What exactly are you bringing to organization, perhaps it could be stability, skills and life experiences, etc.  These day stability in an organization is important because often many  employees stay no longer than several years.

And then know what are your weaknesses, and  what action  are you taking to overcome those weaknesses.

Before going on an interview, do mock interviews. Record yourself on a cell-phone and see where you can improve. And do you know what type of questions you might be asked?

Here are a few questions you will likely be asked.

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why do you want to work with us?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What are some of your qualities?

In addition, keep this mind because the employer is thinking of the following:

  • Does this person have the skills?
  • Will he/she fit into our team/working environment?
  • And how will this applicants increase our productivity and profitability.

Good luck, and enjoy the journey.