If you missed the excellent Mom Corp seminar last week, you missed some terrific tips on how to better position yourself in the marketplace. Here are 8 tips on how to get back into the game from Mom Corp VP Meredith Ritchie, who has triplets!:
1. Figure out what your skills are: Perhaps take a personality test, like Myers Briggs, to see where your skills lie. You may find surprises if you’ve been out of the workforce for a while. Then, take a look at the industries out there and see how you match up.
2. Freelance or volunteer: This is an easy, fairly risk-free way to get experience AND to see if a certain profession is even right for you. Non-profits and start-up companies are most open to such positions.
3. Revamp your resume: The resume you used 5 years ago probably feels outdated. Styles and verbiage have changed. Make sure your resume shows you’re in the know.
4. Set up a professional email address: firstname.lastname@example.org may be cute to your friends, but it won’t be to an employer.
5. Refresh your skill sets: Maybe you need to take a community college course.
6. Network: Use your mommy friends! If you’re looking for a job, post here on MomsCharlotte (we have a working moms group) or ask around at the playground or preschool. Go to the social networks like Facebook or LinkedIn and find old employers or colleagues.
7. Family-friendly employers: Check out listings, such as those provided by Carolina Parent, to see which companies are truly family friendly.
8. Confidence: When you interview, don’t be timid. Just because you haven’t held a paying job for several years doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to get the job. Do NOT apologize for being out of the workforce to care for your kids. If asked, simply say you are the type of person who likes to give 110 percent to her job. And don’t get personal with the interviewer by asking if they have kids or if their spouse stays home. Not cool.
Tomorrow: 6 ways to generate income!