zero to one

Are you beginning the job search after time spent out of the workforce? Are you wondering where to begin or what resources are available to you as you kick start this next stage? You’re not alone. Whether the decision to leave the workforce was by choice or due to unforeseen circumstances like illness or employment termination, the initial stage of the job search process can feel overwhelming. One alumna I met recently began her appointment by saying, “Going from zero to one is the hardest part. I just have to get to one.” She felt that once she was immersed in the job search process she would gain momentum. I agreed with her. I believe that goes for a lot of people beginning the process when entering unfamiliar territory. Navigating and understanding the use of career resources related to today’s job market will make a big difference in not only gaining that momentum but reconnecting with and establishing professional connections.

As you make the decision to step back into the workforce, be sure to take advantage of resources available to Penn alumni. Whether it’s connecting with other alumni through QuakerNet or reviewing resume and cover letter writing resources on the Career Services website, relevant information is at your finger tips. The Penn Alumni Relations Career Networking website features a Career Tools Webinar Series which covers a variety of topics relevant to re-entering the workforce. How to Navigate LinkedIn and Women Return to Work are two webinars that may be of particular interest. So sit back, take notes, and get ready to go from zero to one.


Author: Sarah

Sarah Hastings is a career counselor with the Nursing/Education/SP2 advising group.