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How to Get a Job After Divorce

12/08/14 9:00 AM

Returning to the Work Force

After getting a divorce, you may find that you need to go back to work or take on a second job to support yourself. Returning to the work force after years, or even decades, of absence can be intimidating. Take a deep breath and be confident in your abilities.

If you decide to go back to work, don’t just look for jobs that you’ve had past experience in. Due to the difficult job market, it is harmful to limit your job search in this way. Also, be sure to spread the word to family, friends, former employers and former co-workers that you are on the hunt for a job. Networking is often the most efficient way to find a job.


Essential to your job search will be your resume. Make sure that you update your resume or create a new one if yours is outdated. Your resume should include any experience you have had that you think potential employers would want to know about. If you’ve been a stay-at-home mom for years, any volunteer work or fundraising you may have done is still relevant and should be included in your resume. Make sure that your resume is polished and professional. Have a second set of eyes look over your resume for any spelling or grammatical errors.

Going Back to School

As a result of your divorce, you may even consider the possibility of going back to school. With so many Americans looking for jobs, the proper level of education is critical to set you apart from other applicants.

Chances are you have at least graduated from high school. If you haven’t, it is essential to get your GED. A GED – which stands for General Education Development examination – is the equivalent of a high school diploma for adults. Without a high school diploma or GED, it is not likely that you will find any stable kind of work.

Aside from having a high school degree or the GED equivalent, a Bachelor’s Degree is also crucial to finding a job in today’s market. If you have just gone through a divorce and are planning on re-entering the work force, you need to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree if you don’t already have one. Luckily, there are many flexible programs available today to earn your Bachelor’s Degree. You can enroll as a part-time or full-time student, and many universities offer online and night class options. Community colleges are less expensive alternatives and many offer four-year programs to earn your degree.

If you already have a Bachelor’s Degree, going back to school for a Master’s Degree can increase your earning potential and open up many new career opportunities for you. You should consider obtaining a Master’s Degree, if possible.

These are all ways to make yourself more marketable if you feel that you need to get a job after your divorce. If you are concerned about paying your bills or paying for school before you have a job, consider asking a judge to grant rehabilitative alimony. This can help you get back on your feet after a divorce. For more information about rehabilitative alimony or other ways to get a job after divorce, you can contact me here.

Posted by Stephen Lebedevitch | in Post Divorce | Comments Off on How to Get a Job After Divorce

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