If you’ve been at home with your kids a few years or a decade and are thinking about returning to work, you may likely feel unqualified for any jobs you are interested in. In addition to fears, you may very well be rusty at your business skills. You can get over those fears and obstacles by preparing yourself to get back to work in several ways.
Take a class to return to the job market:
The most immediate thing you can do is take a class. If you plan to get back to work more sooner than later, taking a class or two, or getting a certificate will prove that you are up to date in your education and serious about your career.
Rebuild your network to return to the job market:
Contact a few people you used to work with and meet with them for lunch. Find out what is new in the industry, and catch up on business news. It is very likely that your old co-workers and even employees may now be in a position to hire you when you are ready to get back to work. Also get together with people in your current work with jobs in industries that intrigue you. This may be a good opportunity for you to switch careers and your friends may have good leads.
Do part time consulting to return to the job market:
Focus on your strongest skills, and hire yourself out as a part time consultant. Offer to help on a single project or a series of short term projects. Make it clear to employers that you are not looking for them to give you a full time job, but you are instead looking to find some fulfilling work experiences.
Do volunteer work to get back into the job market:
The easiest way to get back into the job market is to never stop working. This does not mean that you need to keep a full time job, but it doesn’t hurt to volunteer in projects that showcase your skills over the years. Some of these volunteer projects can include PTA officer, hospital volunteer, elections officials, working on political campaigns, working on church and charity projects. Any of these projects or jobs can be done in short spurts or seasonally and not interfere with your responsibilities at home. When you are ready to go back to work, you will have plenty of references to can vouch for your business strengths.