5 Tips for Moms Going Back Into the Workplace

In honor of Mother’s Day this month, I’d like to honor our mothers stepping back into the workplace. Quite often, mothers put their careers on hold to raise a family and sometimes find it difficult to re-enter the race. Here are five practical tips for moms on how to return to the workplace with poise and confidence.

Contract work

Working contract by contract is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, has become quite popular in the days after Covid. Your hours are flexible. You’ll likely be able to work from home or only have to go into the office a few hours at a time, and you’ll be able to take breaks between projects to accommodate your schedule. This is a win/win for any mom. The best way to find contract positions is to tap into your network. Reach out to former employers to see if they have any projects that need your special skill set on a short-term basis.

Returnship program

Find an employer with a returnship program to help you ease back into the workforce. Similar to an internship, a returnship focuses on empowering professionals who have taken a break from their careers, no matter the reason. Usually, an employee is paid to work between 12 and 16 weeks; a few programs may even last from only eight weeks to as many as six months. A returnship is easy to find with a quick Google search.

The Mom Project

If you haven’t yet checked out the Mom Project, be sure to take the time. The Mom Project is a staffing firm that specifically targets moms who have taken time off and are ready to get back into the workforce. Companies like Accenture, AirBnB, Etsy, Meta, and many more are posting part-time, remote positions with the Mom Project. I found Porsché Small, our amazing Client Engagement Manager, through the Mom Project, and she is one of my best hires!

Take some classes

While you’re on leave or out of work, take advantage of your downtime and register for some online classes. Take professional development courses. Become an Excel power user, get a certification, or learn about project management. Now when the time comes to return to your job, you’ll hit the ground running. My favorite source for online courses is LinkedIn Learning, and you can access it for free through your local library!

Start your own business

It worked for me! If you’re passionate about something and want to see your idea take off, why not take the leap of faith and start your own business? If I can do it, so can you. Activate your career dreams!

If you’re a mom who’s taken some time away from the 8-5 grind, these five tips will help you put your best foot forward when you’re good and ready to jump back on the bandwagon. Equip yourself to succeed!

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A big dreamer as well as a big do-er, Madelyn draws on her experience of successfully navigating three high-profile careers to provide the expert advice, encouragement, and step-by-step action plans you need to activate your career dreams.

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