The maternity period is one of the most beautiful phases for any woman. As this is the crucial time to take proper measures, many women opt out of their job. After they are ready to step in again there are many challenges they face. Below we have listed down a few steps, which can be taken into consideration.
Embrace your break
As per the research there are around 49% of hiring managers who state that they would be hiring a working mom who has taken a break from her career, because she would be hard-working, would be pro at managing time and would have patience.
When it comes to sharing about your career break during an interview, most of the hiring managers state that parents should feel free to talk about any career breaks they had on their CV and thereafter share the value of taking this time off.
Choose a company that’s right for you
When you are trying to find a new job after a career break it’s vital to take into interpretation what type of workplace culture best fits your needs. As per the statistics there are more than around 64% of women who believe that the biggest obstacle in preventing working mothers from advancing in their career is the non-flexible schedule.
Lean on your community
Throughout the process, it is essentially important that the women must lean on our community. As per the data we have come to know that 28% of working ladies try to look for support as working parents in the organization.
Starting from your behavior towards your manager in terms of getting a promotion to looking for sponsorship opportunities building a strong community of supporters can play a vital role and be key to success when it comes to advancing in your career.
Create a roadmap
This is the most important part to do prior to searching for your jobs are to be ready with a roadmap for yourself. On a piece of paper jot down all the types of job that you are looking for, think whether you have the desired skills or not, search about the right place to find that kind of job.
By doing all the above steps you will be able to analyze the gravity of the situation you are in currently. This will further boost you up and help you achieve your goal i.e. to get back to job life. Make a list of all of the things you need to do before starting again.
Do a quick self-assessment
Yes, the time you walked out of the industry to the time you are joining it a lot of things have changed for you as well as the work industry. We totally understand that you are totally cut out from the world when you take time off during childbirth or while raising kids.
But, once you’ve have taken a decision to return back to the work mode then you need to catch up and start working on yourself. Try analyzing what you have missed in all this time and see if you can catch up on a few things, if not everything.
Update your resume
Pull out your resume, by digging into your old computer files because it’s show-time! Try adding everything in your resume that you consider important and that can help you to score better in an interview with any employer. Take some help if needed but try working on that resume until it is remarkable.
Update your professional portal
In case if you are active on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn you can take a step and log in and update your profile. There are times when managers make different types of investigations when they come across a skillfully good-looking profile. This is one of the best ways to get started if you are looking to search for jobs. You can always try reaching out to headhunters on LinkedIn and see if you stand a chance.
Put the word out
The next step you would take is to start applying for the jobs. There are various job portals such as Naukri, MonsterIndia, iimjobs, JobsForHer etc are great ways to apply for jobs. You can also reach out to any job consultant to take your initial step. You can also opt for referrals in your friends and family organizations.
Nowadays, there are various organizations that are running programs to target people, especially women who have taken maternity break in their job life. So, it’s not like the old days where you had to struggle to get back to your job life after months of break.
Understand your market value
If you have made yourself through an interview with any organization, you cannot neglect your market value. Try not to under-estimate your potential and skills. There is no term called “gap” which can be an obstacle to your career. Do not pay attention to what others say and keep working until you find your right job.
Don’t settle for less
If you are unhappy with the figure that has been offered to you, do not settle for it. Unless it is the last offer for you on the table.
If you keep the following points in your mind, you can surely get back to your job life. Challenges make you stronger and helps you strengthen weak points.