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Winter 2004-05 Vol. 48, Number 4

Getting back to work: Returning to the labor force after an absence



—NUTSHELL:
Stops and starts mark many careers. Relaunch yours with suggestions from this article.


—SNIPPET:
Theresa Green understands the ups and downs of employment. She was promoted quickly and then fired by one employer. For her next employer, she worked only a short time before quitting. She found yet another position, had to leave it for a few weeks, and then returned—only to walk off the job after working in it for 5 years. 

Green admits to making some mistakes, and her mental illness contributed to a rocky start early in her career. She's also taken time off to raise her kids. But throughout her changing circumstances, Green has, when ready, re-entered the labor force.

For the millions of Americans who decide to return to work after any type of absence, there is good news: having an imperfect employment history may not be the problem it once was. Find out what Green and others have done—and what employment counselors advise—for a successful re-entry. In sidebars throughout the article, you'll find suggestions for some special re-entry situations. Additional information is available in the resources section beginning on page 42. 

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Last Updated: July 6, 2005