I just got back from volunteering and while having my coffee I read the new comments of my post on LinkedIn. Last time I was sharing with you the feedback, but these comments posted questions and useful information that shows a new way for a stay at home mom who wants to return to work.
Before I jump into the information, let me tell you that the comments versed on the perception of the recruiter and how were I handling the interview; needless to say, I wasn’t expecting it, but I answered politely and sincere.
The uncomfortable questions
- Do they see me outdated?
- Am I seen as a threat to some young managers?
- What is the biggest obstacle that I perceive at the interviews?
Answering these questions will set some stepping stones for my return to work.
LinkedIn members pointed me to PathForward.org, a non-profit organization with the mission to help professionals to restart their careers with “companies that appreciate the skills they offer, the perspective provided, and the contributions they can make.” To be considered as a right candidate that wants to return to work, you only need to have at least 5 years of professional experience and be a stay at home mom for at least two years (well, I have eleven as a SAHM, so I make the cut). They also remember me to check out themomproject.com, which I already did even before I posted my thoughts on the LinkedIn group.
There is a New Way
Are you a stay at home mom who wants to return to work? Look for innovative and creative ways like freelancing to boost your career. If you want to ignite your career path while you get that returnship going, check out the trendiest freelancing paths for a stay at home mom to re-gain experience, get the right network, and update skills.
You might think that freelancing is just a gig, that is not going to last, but let me tell you that individual contractors (freelancers) are taking over full-time jobs in specific sectors. In 2109, 57 million freelancers, 60% said they were freelancing by choice. Freelancing membership websites like Fiverr, Upwork, Contra, Toptal, and Contena have seen an increase in memberships.
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