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5 Smart Career Moves for Stay-At-Home Moms

If you are in life stage: Working Hard for No Money Posted April 2nd, 2013
By Kathryn Sollmann

Most women who leave the workforce for family reasons don’t intend to be a volunteer forever. Whether your plan is to return to the workforce in five years or in ten, you have to stay current with the business world, connected to your industry and former colleagues, and aware of the skills and experience you are continuing to build.

Though the media makes it seem like all women who leave the workforce have to beg their way back in, only those who completely check out suffer that fate.   Staying connected to the business world doesn’t have to be an overly time-consuming initiative–just an awareness as you go about your life. These simple tips from Laurie Berenson, a Certified Professional Resume Writer at Sterling Career Concepts in New Jersey, can powerfully launch a back-to-work campaign. —KAS

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Yes, it is possible to stay home with your children for a few years and successfully return to the paid workforce. It just takes planning, diligence, and a fresh perspective. Keep in mind that you may not pick up exactly where you left off. Both you and the industry have changed over time. The idea is to build off your past career in a way that works for you today.

Here are five smart things to do if you’re a stay-at-home Mom with an eye toward paid work in the future:

  1. Stay in touch with your former colleagues and bosses. (Social networking sites such as LinkedIn make this so much easier today.)
  2. Keep your business skills sharp or develop new skill areas through continuing education: local college courses, online courses, professional association offerings, certification programs, etc.
  3. Consider part-time or self-employment: in your former industry, a related venture, or possibly head in a new direction. Take this opportunity to explore new interests.
  4. Get involved in your community: meet people, stay active, broaden your circle. Volunteer, and–for your resume–keep track of business skills you use and specific accomplishments you can quantify.
  5. Stay connected and join the business conversation: read newspapers, magazines, trade journals, e-zines, industry websites, online chats.

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