After years of staying home with the kids, many moms want to get out into the professional world once again but are stumped as to how to make it happen. You may feel as if your skills are dated or that potential employers are put off by a gap in your work history. Don’t worry. Here are five tips to get you back into the workforce.
Update Your Resume and Check Your References
Spend an afternoon updating all of the listings on your resume. Call your references to make sure their contact information hasn’t changed. Should a human resources worker call your ex-job only to discover their phone number is out of order or that the contact you’ve listed retired five years ago, your professional image will suffer.
Get On Board with a Local Recruitment Agency
Unless you live in a very rural area, sign up with temp agencies and recruiters in the nearest large town or city. For example, for those living north of Niagara Falls, a recruitment agency in Toronto may be perfect. They will know who’s hiring and what employers want.
Consider Related Fields
If you used to be a nurse but are concerned about the crazy schedule wrecking your home life, why not consider medical transcription or freelance writing about medical topics? Think of different ways to apply your skills so that your new job dovetails with the added responsibilities of having a family.
Don’t Be Afraid to State Your Needs
You may be so excited to get a job offer than you take the first job dangled in front of you. Don’t sell yourself short. Ask for the salary and benefits you think are fair. While being willing to negotiate is good, don’t let anyone take advantage of you or your skills.
Take Your Time and Find the Job You Want
While financial pressures at home may make you feel as if you should accept a job quickly, this can spell disaster. Wait until you are comfortable before accepting a position. You don’t want to have a series of short-term jobs on your resume, as this can look worse than a long absence.
Getting back into the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for several years can take some effort. These tips will help you find the right position and get back into the swing of your career.
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