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How to Rejoin the Outside Workforce after Being a Stay at Home Mom  

Some women choose to work as stay at home moms throughout the entire childhood of their little ones. In the alternative, some women desire to stay at home with the kids only until they reach school age. For both categories of women, rejoining the outside workforce after having been a stay at home mom is an event which often takes special consideration and planning. There are a few tips one can keep in mind when preparing to rejoin the outside workforce once their stay at home mom days have expired.

Carefully Consider your Occupation

When preparing to set out on interviews and job hunting expeditions, it is important to carefully consider what type of job you are interested in. Try to choose a job that will allow you to ease into your new position and provide options for those stay at home moms turning into moms who work outside the home who still have kids in the household. Some specific factors to consider are location of the job, work hours, specific days of work, vacation time and sick leave.

Study Up on the Future Occupation

Do a little homework before you go back to work. If you have not followed along with the advances in your prior profession, it is important to see what has changed with the profession and where it is expected to go in the future. For example, female physicians who are about to rejoin the outside workforce after taking a leave of absence to stay at home with the kids might want to take a few classes or review information about medical advances in their field. This will show an employer that you’re serious and that you are willing to invest in yourself and learn new skills. It’s also a great resume filler.

Do Not Get Discouraged

When applying for jobs it is important to keep an open mind and not be discouraged by a lengthy application or hiring process. It is important to remember that most people will not simply apply for one job and be hired on the spot. Although one may be anxious to rejoin the outside workforce as quickly as possible, it is important to remember that these things will take time. Therefore, if one sends out a few resumes and does not hear anything back right away, just keep sending out those resumes, attending interviews and know that something perfect will come along in the end.

Take part-time jobs

You need something to put on your resume so there’s not a huge gap. If you can afford it, don't be afraid to take a job that doesn't pay well. The experience and the contacts will help you in the long run.


Sit on a school board or do community projects to develop contacts.

Points to Remember

Leaving your position as a stay at home mom in order to rejoin the outside workforce is a big step, especially if you have been away from an outside job position for a while. It is good to know that the switch from stay at home mom to work outside the home mom does not have to be difficult and unnerving. By viewing the aforementioned tips, one may be better prepared to face the road that lies ahead.

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