The decision to become a SAHM can be a tough one for many. What can be even tougher is getting back into the working world after taking some time off. Who would want to hire someone who’s been out of the loop for so long? How can a SAHM compete with people who have been chugging along on their career path? If you’ve put your career on pause to focus on your family, you may feel like your job search is in constant rewind mode. Trust me, I can relate. As a SAHM trying to get back into some type of pay check world, I know the struggle is real. But, there are things we can do to succeed.
When you were working you obviously had a network of professionals. Have you been keeping in contact with them? Maybe even through Facebook or Twitter? Hopefully so. There’s nothing wrong with phoning a friend when you’re ready to get back in the game. Former co-workers could be key to help guide you in the right direction. You need to reconnect with people who are in the know. The Paw Patrol is not going to help you find a job. There’s nothing wrong with letting people know you are in the market for a job.
Don’t Try to Hide the Gap
Prospective employers will obviously see a gap on your résumé, no matter how short or how long. You can’t lie and say you were on sabbatical. You need to explain why you made the decision to leave. More importantly, you want to stress what you’ve been doing while you were home with the kids. Did you head up a community volunteer group? Did you take on any roles at your child’s school? You may not think these types of activities are important, but they show movement and potential leadership. These are qualities employers like to see.
Update Your Résumé
Regardless if you have fresh experience or skills, you need to update your résumé. Having a trusted friend proofread it and help you re-work it is a good idea. It’s even better if you can get a professional to do it. Don’t underestimate the power of your résumé. You don’t want to look like an amateur. Be sure to put your best foot forward as you re-enter the workforce.
Become Tech Savvy
If your desired field requires you to use several computer programs, you may have to brush up on your skills. This may mean taking a course at a community college or online. You don’t want to get turned away from a job because you’re not up to date. Do your homework before you start applying. This will allow you to see trends in the marketplace and help you identify the skills you need.
Consider Part-Time Work
If you’ve been out of the working world for some time, it may be a good idea to ease back into it. Part-time work is a great way to do this. This means you can try to get your feet wet before diving in. Getting back is going to be an adjustment for you and your family. If you can financially deal with part-time work, you can work your way up to full-time. You can also gain experience in a part-time position that can help you get a full-time gig that may be further up the career ladder.
Be Serious & Patient
Finding a job in today’s market isn’t always easy. You need to be patient. You’re not going to find a job the first week you start looking. If you do, consider yourself extremely lucky. Also, be serious about your search. Just because you like a job doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for you. Take a hard look at what the position entails before you start applying for every gig you see.
In the end, believe in yourself. You need to have confidence that you can get back into the working world and succeed. If you don’t believe in yourself, a prospective employer surely won’t.