Mothers Returning to the WorkforceMGR Accounting Recruiters in
We have had the opportunity to work with a few ladies in the last couple years that were returning to the workforce after spending many years (10, 15, etc) staying home raising their families. After my most recent interview with a mother returning to the workforce, it has caused me to want to list out a few suggestions to help in the process. (This could obviously apply to men in this situation as well.)
- Fill in the gap if possible. One of the first challenges you face is how to fill in the gap on your resume since your last full-time job outside the home. List any work you have done, volunteer or paid, in that space. The more related to your career field the better; however, simply showing that you have been engaged in other activities outside the home seems to make a difference in our experience.
- Prepare in advance. Along with the suggestion above, if you can prepare for returning to the workforce in advance by finding some activity related to your career field and engaging in that prior to formally looking for a job, that is even more helpful. If you are an Accountant, see if your church or favorite charity needs any part-time help. Even if it isn’t specifically accounting work, any office related work will at least get you back in a ‘professional’ environment and will usually help in your search.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you are like most people returning to the workforce, you are likely being too judgmental about how outdated your skills have become. While it is true that you may need to update some software skills, the basics of career fields tend not to change much. Also you will find that if you can relate to the interviewer on a personal level, many people will completely understand your choice to stay home with your family. In fact, many will admire it. And if you find that the organization you are interviewing with has no appreciation for that choice, it may not be the right fit for you anyway.
These are just a few things to think about as you plan your return to the workforce.
I wish you the best in your search.