Handling back to work hurdles

January 17, 2008 5:36:05 PM PST
Getting back into the workforce? How to handle the hurdles that lie ahead.

Thinking about getting back into the workplace after a long layoff? Well you are not alone and whether or not you're considering getting back into the competitive job world, we have some advice to making the transition. Author of "Giving Notice" is Freada Kapor Klein with tips on how to get back into the workforce.

About the book:
Giving Notice focuses on why over two million talented professionals and managers voluntarily leave the workplace.

About Freada Klein:
Freada Klein is the founder and board chair of the Level Playing Field Institute. Freada has been effecting change in the workplace for over three decades, from co-founding the first group to focus on sexual harassment in the U.S. to her role as the first Director of Employee Relations for Lotus Development Corporation to her later consulting practice where she worked internationally with top tier investment banks, management consulting firms, global corporations and entities such as the World Bank and the United Nations.


Adapted from Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest are Leaving the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay (Jossey-Bass, $27.95, October 19, 2007; Hardcover; ISBN: 978-0-7879-9809-7) by Freada Kapor Klein, founder of the Level Playing Field Institute and pioneer in the field of workplace bias and diversity, here are the questions that job seekers MUST ask.

Top Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes to Your New Job:

  1. If your best friend were applying for a job here, what would you advise?
  2. Would it be the same advice to someone who was considering a position as a manager/professional versus a member of support staff?
  3. Different companies/firms adopt differing ways of assigning work and projects. Does someone verify that opportunities are fairly apportioned, or do assignments go to those who have the self-confidence to ask a manager/partner to work with him/her?
  4. What are the top three reasons you came to this company/firm?
  5. Is there a person or committee that one can go to as a sounding board, with complete confidentiality/anonymity to get some advice?
  6. Does that person or committee have any power about what really happens here?
  7. What is the company's/firm's reputation in the city in which it is headquartered?
  8. Does the company/firm value parents and/or offer domestic partnership benefits?
  9. With whom did you interview with--their position, race, gender, background?
  10. How was the company/firm described to you when you were being recruited/interviewing?