It’s time. You’ve decided you’re ready to make that leap back into the grown-up world where you’ll trade your sweatshirt for a suit jacket and push papers instead of a stroller. Conversations won’t end with “Because I said so” and naptime will quickly become a distant memory.
Returning to the workforce (the paid workforce that is) after time away to raise your family won’t be easy, but you can make it happen.
How you structure your job search for a workforce re-entry depends on how long you have been away. The shorter the time, the more current your skills are, and therefore your search is likely to be a bit less challenging. If you have been away for years, more work and workforce re-entry planning will likely be required. What constitutes short- and long-term really depends on your industry, but below are some job search tips that can apply to each returning to the workforce scenario.