Being a stay-at-home parent and then entering back into the workforce after a divorce can be one of the most challenging things you experience after the split. Going back to work by some people that are so used to being a stay-at-home parent is sometimes seen as a negative thing, but often it is absolutely necessary, especially when it comes to finances. Returning to a full-time or even a part-time job can be quite difficult, but there are some ways to make this transition easier.
Don’t Limit Yourself
You’ve been out of the work force for a while now, so this is a good time to think about what kind of job you have always wanted to have. Don’t base it just off of what you have done in the past. A job in a different field than what is directly related to your past experience or degree could be much better for your new life.
Update Your Resume
Your resume should include all life experiences that are relevant to the workplace. If you have been a full-time stay-at-home mom for a while, do not underestimate the skills you have acquired. List any volunteer jobs you have helped with for your children’s schools, or outside of the school. Think of what you CAN do, not just what you have done. As always, remember to check once, twice, three times over your resume for any spelling or grammatical errors, and ask a friend to take a look at it for a second pair of eyes and opinion.
Dress the Part
If you have been a stay-at-home parent for a pretty good amount of time, it’s likely that they don’t have the wardrobe needed for job interviews. If your budget permits, buy at last one nice outfit for the job hunt. If not, check out consignment stores or ask a friend or family to borrow some attire until you can afford to build your own professional wardrobe.
Get the word out about your job search. Tell friends, family members, and former coworkers that are in the job market. Call former supervisors and let them know you are searching for a job and they can possibly provide a recommendation or reference.
Returning to the job market out of being gone for a while can be intimidating, but with the right amount of work and confidence you can feel confident selling yourself and your skills, talents and abilities. Don’t be afraid to promote yourself whenever the opportunity is there.