What Happens After Maternity Leave: Advice for Returning to Work
With the economy at a low, it’s created a difficult job market, especially for moms who have spent a significant amount of time out of the office, working hard from home to raise good kids. If you’re among the thousands of women who are looking to return to the workforce, three cheers for you! It’s a scary world out there, but with the proper tools, it might not be as scary as you think. Employers out there are looking for people with your maturity and experience -- you may just need to brush up a little on the current job market’s demands.
Continuing EducationIf you can, take the job search slow, identify the places you’d like to work, and begin the process of preparing yourself to be an asset to those corporations. If you need to continue your education but are trapped by evening obligations at home, try a flexible program, such as MBA online programs to help you gain the edge you need. Most institutions are accustomed to adapting their offerings to the nontraditional student, so explore your options before writing off continuing education. If employers see the initiative you’ve laid forth by balancing family, home life and education, as well as investing in gaining an edge in your field, it will speak volumes.
Technology SkillsTechnology is a fast-changing entity, and going back to work may seem daunting if you’re not up on the latest lingo and processes. Most communities have a multitude of adult learning classes that feature computer use, so if you’re struggling with knowing all the Office programs or wanting to know more about social media and its impact on marketing, sign up for a few classes. The internet is also full of articles and videos that clearly explain processes for using programs, or benefits of social media platforms. Do your reading and research to familiarize yourself, but you’ll also probably have some time on the job site to refine your skills, as long as you’re willing to learn.
InterviewingDepending on the job you’d like, most employers are looking for an employee who is honest, has integrity, treats others with respect, can function on a team and displays a good amount of drive. For jobs that aren’t as skills-based, you have got a good shot if you’re respectful and willing to learn. Obviously, you probably won’t become a software engineer, but if you’re looking for a job in client management, administration, marketing, or human relations, your character will speak for itself. Play up your strengths, be honest, and be confident.
About the Author: Sage is considering returning to the workforce after being a stay at home mom. She’s doing her research so that she will be fully prepared.