Explore The Options For Senior Living When Returning To Work

  • September 07, 2022 BY  Anthem Seniors
  • Anthem Senior Living

Are you anticipating the time when you can rejoin the community of Senior Living Professionals? Maybe you took a break or some time off to take care of other obligations in your life.

It’s normal to change the attention to something else, such as caring for elderly parents, raising small children, or returning to school to further one’s education and training.

However, if you’re prepared to return to your senior living position, there are a few things you should keep in mind before doing so.

Choosing a senior living community before returning to work

Identifying the senior living position in which you are interested is the first step. Take some time to evaluate the positions that most closely fit your interests, taking into account your degree, experience, and preferences as there are many options.

Consider taking a moment to educate yourself with any industry developments if it has been some time since you worked in senior living. Investigate the many community types you might enjoy working in, as well as the experience requirements for each.

Before you start sending out resumes, take the time to carefully examine the job descriptions and the abilities needed to see whether you need any extra training or education.

The prospects listed below are a few to consider, either right away as you reenter the workforce or as a long-term objective to strive toward:

  • Front desk agent
  • Hospitality manager
  • Nurse
  • Professional nurse license
  • Certified nursing assistant
  • Director of Activities
  • Dining services
  • Maintenance
  • Housekeeping
  • Relating to people
  • Sales and marketing associate
  • Community director

Advice on how to return to the workforce

Review the following advice if you’re unsure about how or where to begin to get started in the proper direction:

1. Select the appropriate opportunity

As mentioned above, senior living offers a variety of professional choices. You might wish to think about the positions that would best suit you or that you would find most interesting. Others might necessitate formal education and experience, while some require little to no prior experience and offer on-the-job training.

2. Select the type of community

All communities require qualified personnel who are sympathetic, however, the particular individuals required will depend on the services provided. When returning to the workforce, decide which type of elder care community – independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing facilities, or those that provide rehabilitation or respite care services – most appeals to you.

3. Search for open roles that are currently available

Discover the most recent senior living job vacancies in your region by visiting job boards, community websites, and other employment resources. Inform everyone about your interest in returning to the workforce in senior living, including your family, friends, and former coworkers. They might be aware of open positions or know someone who does.

4. Update your knowledge

Make sure you are competent before reading job descriptions. Take action to obtain the additional knowledge or training if you feel that you fall a bit short of the mark. Keep in mind that the neighborhood might also provide on-site training. Set both immediate and long-term objectives. You might re-enter the workforce at an entry-level with the intention of getting more schooling to advance.

5. Develop your interviewing abilities

If you have been selected for an interview, make every effort to be as prepared as you can. Practice speaking with assurance about your experience and how you’ll respond to any difficult queries. Be prepared to discuss any employment gaps, your reasons for leaving, and your reasons for returning to the workforce. Get ready to convince them of your suitability for the position. In case, you are selected at Anthem Assisted Living, make sure to follow the tips before arriving for the interview.