Lots of moms have been home with their kids which is one of the most important jobs there is! Now they may be ready to go out and get a new job (outside the home). This article from The New York Times offers some good advice to mothers in this situation…
Q. You have been a stay-at-home mother for several years. Your children are in school now, and you are considering re-entering the work force. Will you be able to find fulfilling work?
A. Absolutely. Even if you haven’t been paid, you have still been working. Women often fail to see that while they were raising children, they were honing their skills in time management, people management and organization, said Jen Singer, creator of MamaSaid.net, an online site for part-time and full-time stay-at-home mothers.
Q. What is the first step a stay-at-home mother should take to re-enter the paid work force?
A. Figure out what, exactly, you want to do. Start by writing down your goals, priorities, strengths and weaknesses, said Steve McMahan, president of the Atlantic region for Kforce, a professional staffing firm based in Tampa, Fla. Then, analyze those skills and interests to evaluate how they might have changed during the years at home.
“Analyze every previous significant work and volunteer experience and break it down into the basic components of what each job entailed — the ones you liked, and the ones you didn’t. Then you’ll see opportunities,” said Carol Fishman Cohen, co-author of “Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-At-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work.”
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