In May of this year National Public Radio (NPR) reported that over the last three years, women in their working prime are entering the workforce at more than double the rate of men. NPR cited many different reasons for this return to work including: low unemployment, flexible hours, paid leave, and the entrée of women into typically male-dominated fields. Meanwhile in the United State nearly one quarter of moms are going it alone. Indeed, “[a]bout 9 million mothers are living with a child younger than 18 without a spouse or partner. Solo motherhood is particularly common among black mothers (56% are in this category). By comparison, 26% of Hispanic moms, 17% of white moms and 9% of Asian moms are solo parents.” (See 6 Facts About U.S. Moms, Pew Research Center.)
Whatever the motivation, women are looking to make a return to work, and many are struggling with the process.
Finding Your Way Back
Entering the workforce for the first time or reentry after an extended absence can prove difficult. There are gaps in resumes and applications to account for as well as the very real need to be able to explain how your “outdated skill set” is not only relevant but also desirable.A successful return to work requires a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone and commitment to taking a chance. Click To Tweet
From the time of securing my first job in my freshmen year of High School to my current season in life I’ve not gone longer than 12 weeks without working outside of the home. And, over those 12 weeks, I was on maternity leave with my youngest child; I also oversaw the packing and moving of our entire household into our current home. Frankly, I am not sure how any of us survived those 12 weeks.
During my almost nineteen years of public service, I’ve spent the majority of them in some form of upper level management. I’ve written countless position descriptions, drafted oodles of interview questions, and reviewed more applications and resumes than most people I know. I’ve also put together, sat on, and participated in more interview panels than I care to count.
Over the years, I’ve seen and learned a thing or two. I know what it takes personally and professionally to make a successful return to work. Through the remainder of October and throughout the month of November, I will share some of what I’ve learned over the years with you.
Return to Work Series
Over the next six weeks the Return to Work Series will focus on topics such as:
- Identifying a Career Path,
- Conducting a Job Search,
- Preparing Application Materials,
- Evaluating Your Online Presence,
- Interview Preparation,
- Deciphering and Negotiating a Job Offer, and
- Starting a New Job on the Right Foot.
At the end of this series you will have the tools and knowledge necessary to kick off your own efforts to stage a successful return to work. Also, one subscriber of this blog will receive an early Christmas gift at the end of the Return to Work Series. This gift will include one hour of resume review and one hour of either interview preparation or assistance in creating a Linked-In Profile.