When you’ve been a stay-at-home mom for any length of time, you might start feeling a little unsure about going to back to work. You may worry that your technical skills (as well as your memory) aren’t quite as sharp as they used to be. These doubts may even prevent you from going back to work, although you really want to. Here’s how you can get over your fears about re-entering the workforce.
Study the Industry
Chances are, your professional field has changed somewhat since you were last steadily employed. That’s why it’s important for you to find out all the latest info on your industry. Read up on some of the top companies to see what advancements have been made. You can even learn from pivotal industry leaders what they feel about the current climate in your field and where they believe your industry is headed. Having that info will help make your own knowledge more current as you begin your job search.
Update Your Skills
Upon doing your due diligence, you may have discovered that certain programs and policies you used to use on a daily basis have now become all but extinct. You’ll quickly be able to ascertain what skills you can still use, and which ones you need to acquire. Sign up for some classes (try finding some online ones that you can take after the kids are in bed) to help you bridge the gap between what you know and what you’ll need to know in order to be a competitive job seeker.
Re-Establish Your Connections
Sure, your Facebook account is full of family and fellow mommy friends. But you’ll need to immerse yourself—and your social media accounts—back into the career world ASAP. Start following companies on FB and Twitter that you might like to work for, and participate in chats and discussions when possible. Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your newfound job hunting status, too. And if some of the companies that you’d like to work for are local, you may even consider reaching out to a staffer and inviting her to lunch—and an informational interview. It may be the first step towards landing your next job.