4 tips for rejoining the workforce
Written by Natalie Ermann Russell
With the economy in a recession, it’s not surprising that stay-at-home moms are having to re-enter the workforce in part-time and work-from-home positions. We asked Allison O’Kelly of Momcorps, a back-to-work website for mothers, to help us navigate the sometimes rough waters.
“It may sound trite, but you need an updated résumé, a modern wardrobe and an explanation for why you have a gap in your work history,” O’Kelly says. Employers may question whether you’re ready, so you need to show them you are.
Redefine your success.
Just because you reached a certain level before doesn’t mean you have to return at the same level. A lower-level job can bring lower stress, which might be just what you need. Tell that to employers so they don’t consider you overqualified.
Large businesses often don’t have as many flexible-work options. “Many smaller companies that are trying to save money are excited about bringing in someone part-time who is experienced,” O’Kelly says.
Tell your friends.
When you’re ready to go back to work, let people know. You never know if the mom next to you on the soccer field has a friend who has a job that’s just right for you.