After taking a break from your career to be a stay-at-home mom, only the idea of getting back into the workforce can leave you feeling overwhelmed and disoriented. This is understandable especially if it has been years since you took that big break. You see, the world is fast-changing and the job market has not been left behind. Based on that, here are a few tips to make your transition easier.
1. Define Your Why?
Similar to your decision to quit and take a break from work, the decision to return back to work can be conflicting. Examine the reasons why you want to return work. Perhaps, your kids are all grown or you are trying to earn more money to improve your family’s financial situation.
Regardless of the situation, knowing and defining your ‘why’ gives you an idea of the type of jobs to be on the lookout for. If your reason to return is to solve a particular financial situation, you may want to consider contract jobs or part-time work as they are more flexible and easier to create targets around.
2. Determine What You Want to Do
So, you have defined your why and now it is time to determine what you want to do. Think of areas where you excel and find jobs that need that skillset. Let’s say you’ve realized that during your time as a stay-at-home mom, you have learned new things and developed new interest areas. In that case, there is no need to go back to your previous career path, especially if you are no longer interested in it.
Rather, research on ways to get your self equipped to excel in terms of this new interest. Let’s say caring for people is something you have come to enjoy, you can consider going back to school to grab one of the specialized nursing degrees out there.
3. Update your Professional and Social Media Profiles
Create a professional online profile that conveys your interests and areas of specialty. This makes you more visible to employers and organizations. In addition, take the time to clean up your social media profiles. Make sure there are no photos or videos of you breaking the law.
As earlier mentioned, the job market is constantly changing and employers are discovering new ways to ensure they hire the right talent. These days, they go all out looking for individuals that align with their company’s value. One way they go about this is by scouring through a candidates’ social media pages to have a deeper understanding of who they are.
5. Get Your Household In Order
Whether you are looking to get a full-time or part-time job, an important thing you should note is that you will no longer be available round the clock to cater to your home. If you still have toddlers, do some research on good daycares around you and consider taking them there sometimes so they can get used to it. To make this process easier, you can call child care services to get a list of referrals.
Also, you have to up your meal planning game and look into batch cooking for the week. Delegate chores if need be and do not shy away from asking for help if you have a support circle.
Above all these points, remember to be patient. Just because the offers are not flying in as quickly as you expected does not mean there is something wrong with you. Simply ensure you are well prepared and consider volunteering as a way to boost your work experience and network.