Asked by Cynthia on April 9, 2017
Answered by Lisa, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on April 21, 2017
Couple things I would recommend are applying to Temp agencies as way to get your foot in the door at local companies. This will give you the opportunity to brush up on your skills and to try out different employers to see which company could be a good match for you. Another suggestion would be to look into certification based classes or classes that have topics you would be interested in brushing up on. These are also great ways to network! Speaking of networking, don't forget to reach out to your working friends & family - by letting them know you are interested in getting back into the workforce, they can keep their eyes/ears open for opportunities as well. Good Luck!
Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on May 2, 2017
I agree with the previous comment, work with some recruiters because they can speak on behalf of you before you and that "absence" at the same time that your resume is submitted for a position. A large majority of the population does the same thing so employers are quite used to it. The main thing that you will need to really start working on is catching up on your skills and use of technology. So much has changed in the past 18 years and taking classes or receiving certifications will show how knowledgeable, skilled and determined you are.
Answered by Merron, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on July 6, 2017
I echo others' suggestions to get in touch with a recruiting/staffing agency to help find you temporary jobs to brush up your skills and expand your network. To add on to this, I would also suggest trying to find a local employment state agency (I believe most states have these types of agencies) as they have free resources to help write your resume, search for applicable jobs, apply for jobs, and some even share your resume with potential employers. Best of luck to you getting back into the workforce!