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Stay-at-Home Moms Move into Work Force

Working MumsThe economy isn’t making it easy for anyone to move into the workforce, let alone stay-at-home moms.  Last month marked the first time in a year that the U.S. economy failed to add any jobs at all and the official unemployment rate remains at a high 9.1%.  That already high percentage jumps to 16.2% if you count the people that simply stopped looking for work.

As more and more people worry about their financial future, more and more stay-at-home moms are considering going back to work.  But is it really a possibility in today’s economy?  Let’s face it, it’s hard enough to keep the job you have let alone find a new one.  Fewer employers are hiring and those that are may not even consider anyone that might need to relocate.

Returning to the workforce, especially after a voluntary absence like so many stay-at-home moms choose to do, can be a challenge.  One way this transition can be a little easier is to help out with the family business, if there is one.  Moms can move into office administration duties to build their resumes after a long absence.  Entrepreneurial skills are always appreciated.

Making it easy for the company to test you out is also a good way to get a foot in the door.  A good way to do this is to offer to consult on specific projects for a given company, so they can get a feel for how you work.  This way, the company doesn’t have to commit to hiring you and you can move into the business a little easier.

Jon Huser

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