This section is intended to help stay-at-home moms and
dads re-enter the workforce. Looking for work
after being out of the workforce for so long can seem
like an insurmountable challenge, but we are here to
land a helping hand.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Transition gradually to the workforce. If
your intention is to go back to work in 6 months,
don't wait until the last minute to read-up on the
latest news in your industry or profession.
Allocate few hours a day to update or refresh your
- Whatever you may be able to read online or in
newspapers won't beat hearing it directly from
people in the know. Start networking: connect
with old colleagues, call your acquaintances, attend
events, be proactive.
Refresh your resume and prepare a sample cover
letter that you can tailor to each position you
Sharpen your interview skills. Be ready to
justify your employment gap in a few sentences, but
most importantly, be ready to
what you have to offer. Address the past,
but focus on the future.
- Get back to the gym and update your wardrobe if
need be. You want to feel and look healthy.
- Change your mindset. Everyday people like
you that were off the workforce reintegrate the
workforce. It can be done. You just need
to believe in yourself and work hard towards your
As you prepare yourself to re-enter the workforce,
keep in mind that your biggest obstacle is yourself.
You will face obstacles, but it's up to you whether you
will let those obstacles stop you or whether you will
overcome those obstacles and build a new future for
yourself. Don't dwell on the past and don't assume
that people will look down at you or inevitably question
your long absence from the workforce. The more you
think about it or try to justify yourself, the more you
will draw attention to it and it will become a
self-fulfilling prophecy. Stick to the basics of
job search: always project confidence and a positive