If you, as a stay-at-home mom, decide at some point to return to a regular workplace for various reasons, you might need some help in re-entering the job market or learning how to make yourself more marketable. See our tips below to do just that.
Apprehensive? It's Normal!
It's normal to experience a crisis of confidence if you've been out of the work force for some time. It is similar to the apprehensions and doubts that employed people also experience when negotiating a raise or aiming for a higher position. Rather than be paralyzed by your apprehensions, focus that energy into re-establishing yourself.
Are You still Marketable?
The one question that lingers in the minds of stay-at-home moms is: "Am I still marketable?" A careful and thorough assessment will help you answer this question. The first step towards becoming marketable is acknowledging the fact that you've been away from the workplace for so long. The sooner you get that out of your head the better. You can then move on to changing your mindset and think of yourself as possessing the skills that many employers look for. Here are some more tips on how to make you more marketable.
Tips to Make You more Marketable
- Be confident about you - Being more marketable starts in believing in yourself. It will help to know that many employers actually consider former stay-at-home moms as good candidates for jobs. In fact, in a study by Salary.com, it is revealed employers do in fact (i.e. 95%) hire former stay at home moms. More than 80% of these companies are actively recruiting stay at home moms to re-enter the workforce. The reason behind this is that employers consider the transferable skills that stay at home mothers develop when raising children and managing a home. These highly regarded skills include multi-tasking, project management, organization, mature-decision making and the ability to coordinate with various people with diverse agendas to accomplish a task.
- Take classes - Never stop learning. Keep your mind active by enrolling in online courses. You can also consider going back to school to earn a certificate or degree. The additional skills and qualifications that you acquire will certainly increase your market value and shows your commitment to your career.
- Be tech-savvy - Whatever field of work you are planning to enter, it is always a big plus to be technologically savvy. Advancements in technology enable employees to perform their duties more efficiently. Keep yourself updated on the latest advancements in your chosen field of work.
- Build and maintain your network - It is a fact that 78% of employers use employee referrals as a primary means of recruitment. Maintain your relationships with old colleagues and build new ones by joining associations and clubs related to your interests and your field.
- Go out and volunteer - Aside from being a great resume-builder, doing volunteer work also sharpens your skills and allows you to meet people and expand your network. Choose volunteer jobs that let you enhance your professional and social skills.