Sequencing Mothers (Regaining Your Career After Staying Home To Manage The Family)
Regaining Your Career After Staying Home To Manage The Family
Written By: Terry Harris
Sequencing: The fluid work pattern which occurs over a number of years and at various stages of motherhood in which mothers move in and out of paid employment and/or opt for a variety of flexible work arrangements in order to successfully balance their work and family responsibilities.
Regaining your professional career after staying home to raise a family presents an often frustrating challenge for the stay at home mom. The truth is that the longer you are out of the workforce, the harder it is to sell yourself and your abilities in such a way that you can actually get an interview, much less a job.
The Good news is that according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of April 2007, 60% of married mothers with pre-school aged children are now back in the workforce.
Repeated labor shortages and periods of high unemployment work in favor of moms returning to the workforce. For the past several years many companies have been starting up programs geared towards the sequencing mother.
But Where do you begin to search for available jobs? How do you regain the self confidence to get your professional life back on track, and most importantly, get offered a job when you have been out of circulation for so long?
Networking is an important step in the sequencing mothers list of preparations for regaining her career. Seventy-eight percent of employers use employee referrals as their primary method of recruitment. Once you have made the decision to return to work you should start discussing your decision with anyone who will listen. You never know who may have a lead, or may have heard of an available position through the grapevine. Get in touch with old work buddies or coworkers and do lunch. If you belong to some sort of Mommy & Me group begin discussions with other mothers about their plans to return to the workforce, or start a blog on the Mommy & Me website where you can share information, personal stories, and tips about the job market. Join clubs and attend alumni events. Many of these organizations have online newsletters, communities, and job boards. Another really great source of information is job fairs and expos. Even if you don’t walk away with the job leads you were hoping for, job fairs and expos will give you the opportunity to ask questions and to get a feel for what companies are looking for these days. Use job fairs and expos as an opportunity to work on your interviewing skills by engaging in conversation with the people working the booths.