Are you a stay-at-home planning a return to the workforce? Here are some tips to help you get there.
- Identify a Target. When someone says “what do you want to do?” never answer, “I don’t know”. Even if you are not sure, come up with some answer. It could be an industry, hobby or job of interest.
- Create a Well-Aligned Narrative. When we have an interest in something, we usually have some life experiences in that area. This experience may include coursework, volunteer experience or past work skills. Use those intersections to rewrite your narrative.
- Update your Collateral. Get your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, elevator pitch and interview answers aligned with your re-articulated narrative. It should all speak the same language and tell a story. If you are having trouble elevating your narrative, ask a friend, resume writer or career coach/counselor to help you with this. It is often hard to do this for ourselves. Seek help.
- Create a Target Organization and People List. What organizations seem like a good fit for your interests? Who are the people you want to be in the future or have the job you desire now? Who amongst your friends or past colleagues knows a lot of people? Write them all down in a Target List.
- Get out of the House. When job hunting, very little happens at your computer. Yes, you want to find jobs of interest and use LinkedIn but your best strategy is to get out in the world to meet people, attend targeted events and generally let people know you are looking. It only takes one person to connect you to the right job but you won’t meet him or her if you are behind a computer screen all day.
- Find your aligned Market. If you are seeking flexible or part-time work look for organizations that support these kinds of work arrangement. Try www.Flexprofessionalsllc.com to find flexible work arrangements or talk to friends who work part-time or on a contract basis.
- Get support. Look for those who walked the path before you. Find another mom who returned to work. Ask her to coffee or for a phone conversation. What did she do? What could she have done better? What advice does she have to offer? Does she have any other returners that you should talk to about the process? No need to reinvent the wheel.
Whether you are just starting to think about a return to work or have considered this for some time, use these tips to get you moving forward. If you live in the DC area, consider taking the Re-Work program. To learn more, go to www.dallekcoaching.com/programs