Published On: Thu, Jun 28th, 2018

Stay-at-Home Moms Relaunch Work Tips

As a multi-tasking, jack-of-all-trades, juggling stay-at-home mom, you’ve got to stay on top of your game by thinking ahead.

Business mom with baby.

Experts say you should be thinking well ahead – years down the road – to the day when you trade bottles for briefcase and relaunch your career.

There are things you can do – even amidst the toys, car seats, sippy cups and diapers that seem to consume every minute of your day – to make your re-entry into the working world easier.

Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, authors of Back on the Career Track (Warner Business Books 2007) had this advice for the new stay-at-home mom who will eventually return to her career.

Stay professionally connected. Keep up with reading publications in your field or in the field you think you may go into, take classes and attend professional conferences.

When choosing volunteer projects, include one that uses skills that will transfer to your work. Cohen and Rabin said they interviewed women who had worked as medical professionals who volunteered in hospices, computer techs who helped in school computer labs, and accountants who were treasurers of organizations.

You can be a successful relauncher without “strategic volunteer work,” they said, “ but if you are interested in and enjoy these kinds of activities, they will be helpful to you when you are ready to resume working. And you also make some unique contacts as a volunteer.”

Do an occasional project in your field. Keep an eye out for contract work through your old employer, previous contacts, or one of the new companies that are matching people on career break with contract opportunities. Cohen and Rabin cite MomCorps.com, Aquent.com or OnRamps.com as companies matching up relaunchers with work.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at knowledgeherald@gmail.com

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