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Returning to work after staying home with kids can be intimidating. How do you explain the gap on your résumé? And what kind of job should you look for?
Whether moms returning to work are “opting in,” “on-ramping” or “relaunching”—popular terms used by the media—they will find an entire industry offering advice through websites, blogs, books, conferences and re-entry programs.
All that advice seems to boil down to this: Figure out who you want to be.
Carol Fishman Cohen is a nationally known re-entry expert who co-founded iRelaunch, a Boston-based company that hosts return-to-work conferences and seminars, including an October event at Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Va. She says women who have taken a break from the working world should think carefully about how their interests and skills have changed over that time. “The longer you’ve been out of work, the more important this is,” she says.
That’s why Bethesda’s Melissa Fireman, CEO of Washington Career Services, a D.C.-based career management firm she co-founded in 2003, says she asks her clients to assess their talents, interests, passions and, most importantly, values before they decide what they want to do. “Values will change, and they’re really the emotional anchor to where you are in your life right now,” she says.