I’ve been a stay-at-home parent and want to get back to work. Where do I start?

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Answered by: ByVirtualist career experts

This is a pivotal moment in your life! Returning to work after dedicating time to raising children can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. It’s important to approach this transition with a well-thought-out plan and maintain a steady pace in your job search. While some individuals may prefer to resume their previous careers, others may be open to exploring new paths.

If you fall into the latter category, it’s beneficial to begin with self-assessment, focusing on areas such as skills, work values, and career interests. Research and explore how these aspects align with new opportunities and job prospects. Take the time to follow our comprehensive 4-step process on choosing a new career or job. Reflect on your preferred work arrangements – whether it’s pursuing a full-time or part-time position, or considering freelance or independent contractor work that suits your family’s needs. Connect with other parents who have successfully re-entered the workforce, seeking their insights and advice while expressing your availability and readiness for employment. Start reviewing job openings and prepare your application materials accordingly. Update and refine your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.

An excellent starting point is our Downloadable Guide for Parents Returning to Work, which provides in-depth guidance for moms and dads considering re-entry into the workforce after focusing on their families.

The ByVirtualist Career Coaching team is dedicated to supporting your successful return to work. We offer professional resume reviews and career coaching sessions to help you embark on this new chapter confidently.