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Career Re-defined: Best Jobs for Re-Entering the Workforce

Temp Agencies as Quick Way In

You may not have heard this, but recently the unemployment rate rose for the first time in a long while. The reason for this? More individuals who had voluntarily stopped seeking work have decided to re-enter the workforce after a long time off and are now being counted among the unemployed. This is a great thing for our economy – but after a long hiatus due to schooling, family, or health, what are the best jobs for re-entering the workforce?

You may not have considered a temporary (temp) job before, but staffing agencies are a great way to get back into the workforce. You become partnered with a recruiter who will work with you to identify the best opportunities. Staffing companies typically have agreements in place to send resumes directly to the hiring manager; think about the convenience of that the next time you spend 40 minutes applying over the internet. Some staffing companies even specialize in high volume, mid-level roles, which tend to value corporate work experience over the specific, specialized requirements of high-level jobs. So, what are those jobs?

Getting Your Foot Back in the Door

You may have heard that gig-work, retail, and food service jobs are readily available, but if you are looking for some experience in a corporate work setting, these may not be the best options to start with. Instead, consider Customer Service roles. Today’s Customer Service Specialist is a multi-faceted role, with phone, chat, and email support working together to deliver a top customer experience. Its no wonder then that Customer Service roles are projected to increase by 5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hiring managers in Customer Service tend to value the exact skills someone who took a break from the corporate ladder has: the ability to own a problem, dedication to delivering a solution, and a stable work history. Plus, Customer Service roles are commonly the entry role into other departments of the company – do well there and opportunities can open up for you.

One of our favorite stories was with a law-student who decided not to take the bar and instead found herself travelling while she re-charged her focus. Needing money to pay off her student loans, she moved in with a friend and took an entry job in customer service offered by Parker Staffing Services. Her client quickly realized the find, hired her on as a permanent employee, and within a year she had moved to another part of the organization. Her smarts and dedication to learning a new trade is what got her there; something those looking to re-join the workforce have in droves.

Are you local to the Puget Sound area and wish to give Customer Service roles a shot? Take a look at our current openings.

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