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Back in the Game
Back-to-Work Success Strategies

Are you ready for your big comeback? Re-entering the workforce after taking extended time off for mommy duties can be daunting. Here’s how you can you increase your chances of success.
 


      

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Back in the Game
Back-to-Work Success Strategies

Are you ready for your big comeback? Re-entering the workforce after taking extended time off for mommy duties can be daunting. Here’s how you can you increase your chances of success.

Are you ready for your big comeback? Re-entering the workforce after taking extended time off for mommy duties can be daunting. Sure there’s a lot of talk of women who leave and return successfully. A survey by the Center for Work Life Policy in New York shows that 74% of stay-at-home moms who want to go back are able to. But how can you increase your chances of success?  We’ve got your tips for success.

1. Keep networking. The single most important thing you can do is keep in touch with former co-workers and other contacts. These are the folks who can keep you up to date on job openings. Also, be sure to maintain memberships with professional organizations, you should attend industry events every once in a while. It will keep you on the radar, which is essential.

2. Try consulting or freelance work to test the waters.  Don’t be afraid to set up a part-time consulting gig. Once you’re getting closer to actually returning to the work-force, taking on some freelance work or even doing some pro-bono work is a good way to get back into the game. Lots of times women who haven’t worked for a while will have to take a step or two backwards to get back in. Working part time will keep your skills current and help fill in gaps on your resume.

3. Stay in the know. Keep reading industry newspapers and magazines to stay abreast of current events and trends. 

4. Plan carefully.  Let’s face it: having kids changes everything. You may want to go back to work, but not to the same fast-paced job you had before. You may need to find something a little more flexible. So when you’re out of work, think about what you might like to do and take some time to get the training to make that happen.

5. Think outside the box. Wharton, Harvard and Dartmouth and other business schools have started programs for high-powered stay-at-home moms. New companies like Moms Corps, Career Partners, Business Talent Group, McKinley Marketing and Flexperience Staffing are springing up to connect professionals with rewarding part-time positions and temporary projects, many of which provide excellent bridges back to fulltime work.

Of course, we wouldn’t be The Mocha Manual without your real deal reality check. The truth is, returning to work does have its challenges. It takes time and determination to craft a marketable resume without glossing over significant gaps, to find the right childcare, to refresh critical skills, and to come to peace with reinventing oneself — yet again. Some women face a painful initial salary penalty. Staying in the same field and geographic area makes returning easier; as does coming back within 10 years. All in all, it’s definitely manageable.

 

 

 

 


      

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