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A Mom's truth behind the job search

Mom wants to go back to work, what does that mean?

The decision to return to work after staying home to raise children is not an easy one and comes with many emotions. It opens the door to judgement, insecurities and self-doubt. But it also presents new opportunities, connections and a sense of self-worth. The decision, whether it is by choice or by necessity, presents many factors that moms should consider when starting their search.

I remember the day I received my job offer to restart my career nearly 10 years ago. It is easy to remember because I got the call on my birthday. But what I more vividly remember about this time was how challenging it was to find a job, to get the interviews, and not compromise my work/life balance. I remember the frustration and the tears but also the underlying determination to get my career back. I just needed someone to take the chance and see my value.

As so many know, it can feel isolating when looking for a job. There are experts on resume writing, headhunters for job searches and websites for job openings. But what about other support that many moms don’t have? I would have loved to have had a coach and/or mentor to guide me in my search. Someone to help me understand my goals, hold me accountable and help me better understand what I wanted and needed at that time.

Returning to work after taking time off to raise kids can be a daunting task. There are many challenges to overcome, but there are also many victories to be had.

Challenges moms face during a job search:

Feeling out of touch with the workforce. After being out of the workforce for a while, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest trends and technologies. This can make it difficult to feel confident in your abilities and to compete with other job seekers.

Finding a job that fits your needs. Once you've overcome the initial challenge of getting back into the workforce, you'll need to find a job that fits your needs. This may mean finding a job that is flexible enough to accommodate your childcare needs, or finding a job that pays well enough to support your family.

Balancing work and family. One of the biggest challenges of returning to work after having kids is balancing work and family. You'll need to find a way to make time for your job, your family, and yourself. This can be a difficult task, but it is possible with careful planning and communication.

Mom guilt is a real thing. When you decide to take back your career, or need to return for a whole gamut of reasons, there can be guilt. Guilt when you are at work and wish you were home with the kids. Guilt when you are with the family and should be working on a work project or getting your inbox cleaned out. You will be pulled in both directions.

Victories for moms to celebrate

Regaining your sense of identity. For many women, returning to work after having kids is a way to regain their sense of identity. After spending years focused on raising kids, it can be refreshing to get back to work and use your skills and talents.

Making a financial contribution to your family. In addition to regaining your sense of identity, returning to work can also help you to make a financial contribution to your family. This can help to ease the financial burden on your partner and can give you a sense of pride in knowing that you are helping to support your family. There is a great feeling of independence knowing you can take care of yourself financially.

Setting a good example for your kids. By returning to work, you are setting a good example for your kids. You are showing them that it is possible to have a successful career and a family. You are also teaching them the importance of hard work and perseverance.

Work ethic can be lost in some generations and being a role model to your sons and/or daughters that women can have thriving careers shows strength and independence.

Returning to work after taking time off to raise kids can be a challenge, but it is also a rewarding experience. By overcoming the challenges and savoring the victories, you can make your return to work a success.

Helpful tips for returning to work after taking time off to raise a family:

Start planning early. The earlier you start planning, the more time you will have to prepare for your return to work. This includes updating your resume, networking with other professionals, and researching companies that are a good fit for your skills and interests.

Be flexible. When you are first returning to work, you may need to be flexible with your schedule and your job duties. This may mean working part-time or telecommuting. It is important to be willing to compromise in order to find a job that works for you.

Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources available to help women return to work after taking time off to raise kids. These resources can provide you with support, advice, and job placement assistance.

Celebrate your victories. When you achieve a goal, no matter how big or small, take the time to celebrate your success. This will help you to stay motivated and to keep moving forward.

Know that you are not alone when you make the decision to return to work. There are resources available to help along the way. Invest in yourself and know that the right opportunity is out there. Learn from those before you and hire that coach to provide clarity and a process to achieve your goals, no matter how big or small.

Change Champions Institute can help you with this transition.

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