Advice for mothers returning to work


Many mothers make the decision to stay at home to raise their kids, and eventually, they get back into the workforce. Unfortunately, when they do, there are extra hurdles they have to jump.

According to Kathryn Sollman, who spent ten years as a recruiter and now runs 9 Lives for Women, a career advisory firm for current and returning professionals, most women who leave the workforce for motherhood only intend to be away for a couple of years, but end up staying home an average of 12 years.

Once these mothers do decide to go back to work, how do they explain the gap on their resume?

"I will say unequivocally, do not put that you were a stay at home mom on your resume," Sollman said.

She says the business world isn't interested in seeing that, so instead, include any freelance work you've done, and then focus on volunteer work.

Make sure you're including non-profit work where your business skills are being used, such as head of the PTA or chair of the book fair.

Once you land an interview, don't say you'll do anything. Instead, specify how you've maintained your business skills, stayed connected to your field and how you can fill a specific need within that company.

Finally, do your research, look for flexible work and make sure you’re truly ready to get back into the workforce.

Kathryn is the author of Ambition Redefined: How to Find Flexible Work & Financial Security (Without Neglecting Your Family or Yourself), set for publication in 2018 by Nicholas Brealey (Hachette Business Group).