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5 Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms Returning to the Workforce

Wong Shu Lee  

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  June 02, 2022

Are you a stay-at-home mom (or dad) going back to work? Your days spent home with your child are likely busy, important, and rewarding. To employers, though, this time away from the workplace looks like a gap in your resume. 

 

Here are tips to help you get back in the job search game. 

 

Review the Basics

 

Although you're likely not an entry-level employee and have gone through the job search process before, it still makes sense to spend time reviewing the job application process. 

 

Along with your cover letter, your resume is the most important document you'll create for your job search. Let’s refresh and update your resume before applying for jobs. Besides, having a profile on professional networking sites like ZOM-IN and LinkedIn is essential for most job seekers these days. 

 

Prepare Your Elevator Pitch

 

Develop a good elevator pitch about your career and what you're looking to do next for work. 

 

Even if your day-to-day consists of housework, chauffeuring, and homework wrangling, that doesn't have to be your response. You can say things like:

 

“I'm a former investment banker. I've been focused on parenting these past few years, but am looking to return to the world of finance.”

 

It's fine to let people know you're looking for a job—in fact, it's recommended! You never know when you'll meet someone who has a friend looking to fill a position.

 

The Three Cs: Classes, Conferences, and Certifications

 

Classes, conferences, and certifications are all good ways to re-engage with your career and the jargon that likely accompanies it.

 

You may make use of the free and paid resources online to help yourself refresh and sharpen your skills. 

 

Consider Volunteering

 

Volunteering is another good way to make connections. While any type of volunteer work is helpful for meeting people, aim to do volunteer work that's relevant to your field of choice.

 

You can do design work for your food or nursery coop, for instance, to freshen up your portfolio or write for local newsletters to have current clips.

 

Ease Back Into Your Job Search

 

Instead of focusing on landing a full-time role, seek out a contract or part-time work. Since the risk to the company is low (temp employees generally aren't included in headcount and don't receive benefits) these positions are often much easier to land.

 

Another strategy to ease into your job search is to set up meetings with recruitment agencies. Not only will these organizations potentially connect you with a job, but interviewing with them is also a good way to refresh your interview skills and practice answering common interview questions. 

 

Are you ready to get back to the workforce? Let’s signup an account with us and start applying for jobs! 

 

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