If you are looking to get back into the job market after a prolonged period of time out of work, you may be confused and unsure about what to do or even where to start. Getting back to work is an exciting time and should not be needlessly stressful. Get to know some tips to help you find the right job for you and to get that job when you do find it. Then, you can be sure you are doing what is best for yourself as you seek employment. 

Work with Vocational Rehabilitation Services

If you have been out of work because of a disability, including mental health issues such as depression or bipolar disorder as well as physical disabilities, your first step may be to contact vocational rehabilitation services in your areas. Vocational rehabilitation is a service available to individuals with qualifying disabilities. 

The idea behind this service is to help people with disabilities find work that best suits their talents and needs. There are counseling services provided as well as assistance in finding a job and obtaining a job. They can also give your trial work periods and the like to help you determine if a job you do get connected to is the right fit and if you are indeed ready to go back to work. 

Utilize a Staffing Agency

If you are not disabled or the waitlist for vocational rehabilitation is long, a great alternative with a great deal of support is to work with a staffing agency. Staffing offices are built to help connect qualified workers with employers.

These employers may be seeking out part-time or full-time help and the work may be temporary, seasonal, or long-term in nature. With all of these different employment types to choose from, it is easy to find something that matches your needs and schedule. 

The staffing agency will do an initial hiring process with you in which you need to apply and interview for a slot with the agency itself. There may also be aptitude tests involved depending on the type of work you are looking for. Once you pass these initial screenings, you will be eligible to be matched with jobs.

Some jobs may require an additional interview while others will be direct placements. You will be paid by the staffing agency and technically be their employee, not the company you are placed with. 

Now that you know some of the ways that you can go about getting back into the job market, you can get the process started as soon as possible. Consult staffing offices in your area for more information.