Tips for Mothers Returning to Work after a Career Gap

With all of the inherent demands of being a mother thinking about returning to work after a career gap can seem daunting. It can be difficult to even know where to start. There are several tips that can make the transition a little bit easier.

Resume Builder

One of the first things that you will need in order to apply for jobs is a newly refreshed resume. In order to be the best fit for the job, you must sell yourself to a potential employer. Even if you are looking to be self-employed there are strong benefits to having a high quality resume that details how your unique knowledge, skills, and abilities make you the best person for the job.

Every mother that has stayed at home knows that doing laundry and cooking supper are only minor details that make up your day. There are other relevant things that you most likely have spent your time doing that are transferable job skills, even if they weren’t paid job tasks. Here are just a few things that can be listed on a resume, in order to show leadership skills, organizational skills, and the motivation to follow up on ensuring the plan is achieved.

  • If you took charge of a Girls Scout or Campfire group, you can list it as having participated in a leadership role.
  • Consider using any volunteer work that you might have participated in as a means to show your team building skills such as, Meals on Wheels food delivery, Boys & Girls Club reading books, or work with a religious organization.
  • Also think about any consulting times when you were utilized for your expertise in any given field. Again, just because they did not write you a cheque doesn’t mean that it wasn’t valuable experience gained. Having provided qualified consulting would be an advantageous ticked box on a resume.

The Interview

Whether you will be self-employed or dipping your toes into the pool of the workforce, tackling the interview can be nauseating to say the least. You might be concerned about how to answer questions about the gap in employment history while you stayed at home with the kids. But take comfort in knowing the real question that potential employers want answered, is whether you can do the job and whether your job skills have withered in the absence of work.

It might be even scarier if you are seeking to change the field of work that you have worked in before. Fortunately, preparing for it can make a huge difference. Make sure you find a recent list of ‘Most Asked Interview Questions’ on-line (easy to Google), write your answer for each one down and practice with a friend or fellow job seeker.


Getting along with Co-workers

Now that you have landed the job, all your prayers may appear answered, right? Wrong. You might just find your working environment quite unbearable and wish you went back to your former situation. The workplace contains the most horrible people from conniving colleagues to authoritarian bosses.

Some of these people will think of you as an unnecessary addition to the workforce and you will often hear them whispering behind your back that you would have been better off as a stay-at-home mother as opposed to your professional ones. Take heart and know that their hostility towards you will soon die down. Being a mother is a hugely valuable job, no matter what anyone else thinks about that and it does bring many skills.  You may want to click here and learn more on how to deal with such elements.

Getting ready for returning to work after a career gap can be scary. It can be nerve racking to think of what questions you might be asked or whether they will see you as being the best person for the job. However, with the information listed above, it can make things go a little bit smoother for a mother returning to work.

Author: Sharaz Zaman from GM professional accountants

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