5 Tips to help moms with re-entering the workforce
If you're thinking about re entering the workforce or entering for the first time, it's time to start preparing before you actually go get that job! Work looks a lot different than days of past, so you have to find what works for you. As moms, we have tons of responsibility, so it’s more than just running out and grabbing the first job offered. Here are my top 5 tips to help you prepare for your grand entrance
5 TIPS FOR MOMS RE-ENTERING THE WORKFORCE
Prepare yourself to go back to work: Set your intention , decide what works best for you and your family, (ie. flex hours, work from home, part time, full time ) Even if you want to get your foot in the door, or it’s a necessity to go back to work, remember the goal is to provide income as well as creating a better quality of life by making sure you have time for self-care. Travel time to a job, stresses of the job should also be considered when you start looking. Don’t be afraid to say to yourself, “it doesn’t work for me and my family”
Build your resume: Don’t negate the skills you’ve mastered raising a family. (ie. organizational, leadership, research) Get help or check out The I.M. Resource page for sites that will help you.
Applying for jobs: Completing applications can be a daunting task, take note of what’s on your resume before you start the application process. It will make it easier to complete both online and in person. If need be, if you’re completing a physical application, have your resume handy (physical or smartphone) to copy the info instead of trying to remember. We have enough on our plates already.
The Interview Process: Know that if you’ve made it this far, then you have something to offer them. It’s as simple as that. If you had nothing to offer, they wouldn’t’ have contacted you, be confident in your abilities. It’s not 1980 so the blue suit, shoulder padded suit may be out of date. Check out some career dress sites and remember to wear what’s comfortable for you.
Work Life Balance: I’m not sure if that exist so to that I say to create your own normal. Know that with working, whether it’s inside or outside of the home, nothing will be perfect and it’s OK. Organize your day, solicit help from within the home and outside to help with kid related tasks (ie. pick ups, drop offs) and learn to barter for time. Plan your time and make sure you include time for yourself, you will need it.
Whether you have to go back or choose to go back to work, think of it as an adventure. Yes it may be a challenging, but it can also be a lot of fun!
Be mindful of you and your needs. True story, as a single mom of 5, at one point I worked many jobs to provide for my family. In between going to both jobs, I would get a hotel room at a super discounted rate and sleep before going home. This provided me with the time I need to recoup from work and be more present when I returned home with my children. Early check in late check out! It was nice to chill out, pamper myself a bit, and be in a space where I had no household responsibility! LOL