If you’ve been unemployed for months and have finally found a job, you’re likely thrilled at first. But anxiety often follows that excitement. Starting any new job is hard, and coming back to work after a long layoff can be even harder. You have to re-establish a routine, refresh your skills and rebuild your confidence. Here’s how to make a successful re-entry:

Strengthen your skills and knowledge. Read industry blogs and trade publications to get current on news and trends. Pay attention to what skills seem most in demand — if your expertise is out of date, look for ways to bone up. Ask your new boss to describe your duties as specifically as possible to determine where you may need to improve, says Roy Cohen, a New York executive coach and career counselor. One of his clients, a risk manager, bought software to learn new ways to evaluate credit decisions before he started a new job. “Always ask your supervisor if there’s any research you should be doing, materials that would be helpful, people you should be talking to,” Mr. Cohen says. “Businesses don’t have much tolerance for a learning curve.”

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