Don’t Call It A Comeback: How to Re-Enter The Workplace

September 12, 2012  |  


Iyanla Vanzant seemed to have disappeared for the past few years. Back in the early 2000s she was all the rage; the advice she gave to millions of views via her self-help books, TV appearances and Inner Visions Worldwide Institute were golden. Then she had, self-admittedly, fallen off. She lost her husband, her home, her fortune. But now, she’s back. Vanzant’s new TV show, Iyanla: Fix My Life, is debuting on September 15 on OWN with much anticipation.

But can the average Jane take a break from her career and come back bigger and better? Personal and business coach Troy Davis, of Davis Consulting Group, says it can be done with a little planning and perseverance. He tells us via an online chat, that you must focus and mentally plan. “Recollection and transformation of one’s mindset from the past back into the present can lead to the future,” he advises. “Take time to gain knowledge and perspective of the new, if any, players or game changes that [have] come to surface.”

But don’t forget your old contacts, adds Al Gary of crisis management and consultancy firm Ag Industries. “Use all of your contacts. Network, network, network,” he said in a text message. “You have to make yourself visible again.” But before you reenter the scene, Gary says “make sure you have the skills still.” Davis agrees and points out you need to make your own mission statement. “Redefine your goals and create a new mission statement with objectives as well as your overall strategy.”

Now, you’re ready for your second act.

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