"The New York Times" published an article on how to ease back into the corporate world. Author Erin White, who wrote a book on this subject, lists four key things you should keep in mind as you ease back into the corporate world.
What to Expect in the First Week
It's been a while since you've worked in an office. Maybe you took some time off to raise your kids or travel the world. Or maybe you've been working from home for the past few years and are finally ready to re-enter the corporate world. Whatever the case, there are a few things to keep in mind as you ease back into the corporate world.
In the first week, you'll probably feel like a fish out of water. Everything will be new and unfamiliar. But don't worry, it will all start to feel normal soon enough. Here are a few things to expect in your first week:
You'll feel out of place at first. This is normal! It takes time to adjust to a new environment and get used to new people and new routines. Just take it one day at a time and soon enough you'll feel right at home.
You'll have a lot of questions. Again, this is normal! No one expects you to know everything right away. Ask your co-workers or boss for help when you need it and don't be afraid to admit that you're still learning the ropes.
You might make some mistakes. That's okay! We all make mistakes sometimes. Just learn from them and try not to let them happen again.
At the end of the week, you'll probably be exhausted. It's tough getting used to a new work schedule, especially if you're not used to working regular
How to Prepare Yourself
When you've been out of the workforce for a while, it can be hard to know how to prepare yourself for reentering the corporate world. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Make sure your resume is up-to-date and includes any relevant experience from your time away from the workforce. Don't forget to update your LinkedIn profile as well!
2. Network, network, network. Get connected with other professionals in your field, attend industry events, and start building up your professional network again.
3. Brush up on your skills. If you're rusty on certain skills or knowledge required for your field, now is the time to brush up! Attend workshops, webinars, or take online courses to get back up to speed.
4. Get organized and set some goals. Before you start job hunting, take some time to get organized and set some goals for yourself. What kind of job are you looking for? What kind of salary do you want? What are your must-haves in a workplace? Once you know what you're looking for, it'll be easier to find the right fit.
How to Cope with Your New Environment
1. If you're finding it difficult to cope with your new environment, it's important to remember that everyone goes through a similar adjustment period. Give yourself some time to get used to your new surroundings and colleagues.
2. It can be helpful to try and find a mentor or buddy at work who can help you navigate the corporate world. Having someone to offer advice and support can make the transition much easier.
3. It's also important to stay positive and proactive. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by your new situation, focus on the things that you're excited about and look for ways to get involved in your new workplace.