Taking a break from your job to be a full-time stay-at-home-mom can be beneficial for your family members in many ways. That being said, putting a stop on your career in order to dedicate your time to parenthood can make it a bit difficult to get back to the usual 9-to-5. Here are a couple of tips that should help make the transition back into the workplace a bit easier.
Be clear on what you want from your new job
One of the first things you need to consider when re-entering the workforce is the type of job you’re on the hunt for. Now, changing jobs can be stressful, so you want to make sure that you’re clear about what you want from your new job. Try to make a list, jotting down all that’s important to you. Are you looking for a position that is team-oriented, or do you prefer being able to do your work and then head back home without thinking about how others are doing? Or, would you rather get a job where you have a chance of getting promoted? Also, are you ready to work full-time or would you rather work part-time to give yourself some time to adjust to the idea of returning to work? The more you’re clear on your expectations, the less overwhelming the job hunt will feel.
Get ready to network
Various contacts can open a lot of doors in the business world, and the more people know you, the higher the chances that you’ll land a job you’re looking for. Check out some online groups and forums, and look for any local networking events that you can participate in. Joining local networking groups can also be a great way to learn more about current job openings in your area. Consider joining Meetup or give LinkedIn a try – they allow you to specify your needs and interests so you’re able to connect with people that can help you find a job that’s tailored to your preferences. Also, be sure to update your professional social media profiles and don’t forget to switch your personal social media accounts from ‘public’ to ‘private’, just to be on the safe side.
Be aware of your rights as an employee
Understanding your employee rights is crucial when starting any type of job. Work accidents happen, and sometimes we aren’t exactly sure what to do after we’ve fallen victims to such accidents. Depending on the severity of the injury, it might take a while before you can go back to work. In this case, you have the right to be compensated for your work-related injury and are legally entitled to exercise this right. If you decide to file a personal injury claim, it is advisable that you hire a reputable compensation lawyer who will look after everything. By using their legal expertise and listening skills, they’ll be able to get a deeper understanding of your individual case and ensure that you and your family are secured from the financial impact of dealing with a personal injury. That way, you can rest assured that your rights as an employee will be protected.
Be prepared to explain the gap in your resume
There will be a lot of things that your potential employer will want to learn about you in your job interview. One of those things is the inevitable question ‘What have you been doing since your last job?’. Now, you want to be careful about the way you explain the gap in your resume. You want to keep your answer brief and honest, emphasizing your enthusiasm for the position you’re applying for. Whether you decide to keep your answer a bit vague by saying that you took some time off work for personal reasons or choose to be open and tell the interviewer that you dedicated that time to be a stay-at-home-mom, you should aim to convince them that you’re capable of performing your duties all the while emphasizing your qualifications and explaining why you make a good fit for the position in question.
Deciding to pull out that dusty work attire from your closet and get back to work is a move worth the praise. While it may not be easy, with some good career transition advice, a bit of patience, and confidence in yourself, going back to 9-to-5 after being a stay-at-home-mom doesn’t have to be all that scary after all.