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
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