One challenge that many moms face in their careers is how they can go about reentering the workforce. The initial decision to leave the workforce, whether it be due to having young children at home or other family-related obligations, can be daunting enough. But then, should these women decide to get back into the professional world, it can be tough to market themselves. Gaps in employment can be seen negatively, and many employers fail to see the value in skills learned away from a traditional 9 to 5 employment relationship. This is one of the reasons I am loving this new movement toward supporting those reentering the workforce, whatever the reason. See below for a few sites devoted to supporting employees (especially moms!) reentering the workforce.
http://www.irelaunch.com/ – This site has a ton of resources to assist in the job search for those reentering the workforce, including internship opportunities, guidance on marketing yourself, and success stories from others who have been there.
https://www.themomproject.com/ – I have to do a little more research on this one, but from what I can tell, it is basically Upwork (a freelance site) for moms. From their About page: “The Mom Project is a digital talent marketplace and community that connects professionally accomplished women with world-class companies for rewarding employment opportunities. The Mom Project is changing the way women work and redefining career structures by providing women with real work opportunities that are in balance with their personal goals. This evolution will keep more talented, professionally accomplished women in the workforce.”
I’ll let you all know if I decide to try it out.
http://apresgroup.com/ – This site appears to be a combination of the two above. Not only does it have freelance (or ‘project-based’) job opportunities, but also offers resources for employers to find returning-to-the-workplace employees. It also contains resources for job-seekers, focusing on women in the workplace.
We all gain skills through the experiences in our lives, whether those experiences are at a desk, in a boardroom, at the PTA or even multi-tasking the hectic demands of a home. It’s time that we, as moms, are given the chance to prove ourselves. It’s time our experiences stopped being prejudged, often by individuals who have never had experiences similar to our own. I hope you find the above resources inspiring and useful.