Few people will argue that stay-at-home-moms have one of the toughest jobs there is. But re-entering the workforce doesn't have to be equally as tough. Laura Wildman, president of Mom Corps Kansas City, gave some great advice for moms ready to get back to work with a vengeance.
Tips for Moms
Create a resume focused on skills and accomplishments: Start your resume with a clear objective, relevant skills and accomplishments followed by chronological work experience. Don't hide your career gap. Also, make sure you have a complete LinkedIn profile with a professional picture.
Refresh your knowledge. If you are concerned about some of your skills being out-of-date, take a continuing education course. Many are offered online and are fairly inexpensive. Start to research and follow industry relevant news. These will be great points in bring up in an interview with a hiring manager to show initiative and build your confidence.
Make your interests known. The term "networking" seems daunting to some, but it is simply talking to others. Make your career interests known to friends, family members and past co-workers so you have others helping you search for your next opportunity.
Ask for introductions. Only a small percentage of jobs are even advertised so you have to work to find them. I also encourage candidates to register with us at momcorps.com.
Ask for a Returnship. Harvard Business Review recently published an article on the 40 Year Old Intern and highlighted some companies offering "returnships". A returnship, similar to an internship, is a short-term, non-binding working arrangement that can be a valuable way to reduce the risks (real or perceived) of hiring people who have chosen to take an extended break. Returnships are a relatively new concept. While many formal programs don't yet exist, individuals and companies can propose and trial the working relationship to determine if it is a mutual fit.