As happy as I am with my SAHM life, it was never meant to be a permanent arrangement. I am staying home while I go to school. Eventually, I will be returning to the workforce. Sad face.
For most of the past ten years I was a front line manager for an entry level call center department. I interviewed and hired hundreds of people. Ten years of interviewing, hiring, and coaching new entry level sales people left me with a little bit of experience and wisdom that I don’t want to forget in the two years I plan to stay home.
1) Don’t be ashamed of being out of the work force whether it has been 10 years or 10 months! You have been taking care of your family. There’s no shame in that. Never never never apologize for putting your family first.
2) Sure you may not be familiar with the latest database software but what skills have you honed while at home? How about multi-tasking, conflict management, planning/prioritizing, negotiating, organization? Though you might not want to tie it directly to children, you have those skills.
- Instead of, “My children have taught me to blah blah blah.” Try, “I have excellent multi-tasking skills.”
- Instead of, “I have been out of the workforce for 10 years, but…” try, “in my previous experience I blah blah blah.”
3) Sell yourself. Know that you can do this job because you have handled all sorts of crises so working for someone else should be a cakewalk. Do you blog? Doesn’t that count as work experience? Sure, I only get a few free products and a buck a month from ads but I write regularly, analyze my traffic, run reports, plan my posts, etc. All of these things translate to experience.
4) Don’t go to an interview in yoga pants. Nobody loves yoga pants more than I do but just don’t. (Yes, this has happened.) What’s even worse than yoga pants? Wearing shorts, while carrying an infant in a carrier, with a toddler walking beside you, while you are talking on your cell phone during a job fair tour of the office. (This really happened, too!)
5) The job market hasn’t changed so much in the last decade that old fashioned interview dos and don’ts no longer apply. Employers are looking for emotionally intelligent, trainable, accomplished, ambitious employees.
Really, all it boils down to is Mom confidence. What I have learned since I started blogging was that many, many SAHM moms were accomplished professionals who decided to stay home. I know doctors who left practicing to stay home and raise their children. I know executives that have done the same. Don’t listen to the voices that say, “Oh you are a full time mommy? or you just stay home?” Listen to the one that says, “You rock whether you are at home or not.” The question isn’t whether you are ready to go back to work. It’s whether they are ready for you!
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