The Best Jobs for Moms Returning to Work

By Kathy Adams McIntosh
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Many women choose to stay home and raise their children when they start their family. Often these women, especially if they hold a college degree, feel that returning to the workforce later will be an easy transition. When the time comes, however, they discover that both their interests and the workplace environment have changed. Before sending out a multitude of resumes, they need to evaluate their purpose in returning to the workforce and determine which jobs represent the best fit for them and their families.

Don’t Assume Your Previous Job is the Best Job

When you decide to return to the workforce, you need to consider what career field to return to. Many women automatically return to the field they left when they decided to stay at home. A better option involves evaluating your career choice, your skill set and the current job market. Workplaces and career fields evolve over time and the field you left likely experienced some changes. At the same time, you may have discovered new skills and interests during your time away from work. Taking a career assessment online or at a local community college can help you identify new career fields to explore.

Identify Your Priorities

Identify your priorities before you start applying for jobs. These priorities may include flexibility and the ability to telecommute, the option to make and receive personal calls or salary and benefits. If you value flexibility and telecommuting options, the Internet provides the means to research local companies and their policies. Potential jobs that offer flexibility and telecommuting options include administrative professional positions or tutoring. Employers that allow employees to make and receive personal calls include companies that permit employees to work at their own pace. This includes desk work such as accounting or transcription. When salary and benefits are a priority, you can learn how much various companies and career options pay by reviewing salary surveys or reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Consider the Transition

The transition from stay-at-home mom to working parent can be stressful. You should consider how to ease back into the workforce. You might choose to work a job that starts as a temporary position with the possibility of becoming a full-time position in the future. Contact local employment agencies that hire temporary workers. These agencies build relationships with local employers in a variety of industries, including production, accounting and administrative work. You might choose to work part-time initially. While restaurants and retail businesses are known for offering part-time positions, other companies also hire part-time employees. These positions include bookkeeping or front desk positions. Companies that require full-time coverage for certain positions may allow employees to job-share. In a job-share position, two employees split the hours for a full-time position. These employees may receive company benefits, such as insurance coverage or holiday pay, adjusted for the hours they work. These jobs include front desk or customer service positions.

Recognize the Influence on Your Children

When stay-at-home moms consider re-entering the workforce, they often worry about the impact on their children. Many moms feel guilty about leaving their children behind when they leave them with a sitter or at a day care. Give up the guilt. Rechanneling that guilt energy into a more positive sentiment benefits you, your children and your employer. Your employer benefits from the work you perform. You benefit financially and personally as you work toward fulfilling your own goals. Your children learn about following their dreams when they watch you go to work. “If we are going to tell our kids to go after their dreams, they need to see us doing it too,” says life coach and author Whitney Johnson in "Deseret News National."

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