Avoid 'Re-entry Shock;' How Stay-at-Home Moms Can Remain Prepared to Re-enter the Work Force

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Going from professional power broker to full time stay-at-home mom may offer a better opportunity to invest in your childrenÂ?s future, but it can seriously jeopardize your 'marketability' in the work place. Amy Tiemann, Ph.D., author of Mojo Mom (MojoMom.com) shares several steps you can take to stay ready to rejoin the workforce.

Going from professional power broker to full time stay-at-home mom may offer a better opportunity to invest in your children's future, but it can seriously jeopardize their “marketability” in the work place.

All across America more and more moms are opting to stay home. If you have made an exit from the fast lane, it's vital you take steps to counter the consequences of working outside the corporate realm.

“There are several steps you can take to stay ready to rejoin the workforce,” says Amy Tiemann, Ph.D., author of Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family. “These activities can remind you of who you were before you became a mom. They can even help you identify new paths you might be interested in exploring.”

Tiemann speaks from personal experience as a working woman and as a mother. After earning her doctorate in Neurosciences from Stanford University, she dove into the demanding world of high school teaching. But neither job prepared her for the challenge of being a stay-at-home mom. Inspired by her journey, Tiemann wrote Mojo Mom to help other mothers reclaim self confidence as they struggle with the identity transformation that accompanies motherhood.

Here Tiemann shares five ways you can stay on top of your game and ease your transition

back into the work world:

1. Maintain and build networks. Keep in touch with old colleagues and cultivate relationships in all the groups you belong to.

2. Update marketable skills. Take classes and consider going back to school part time to get a certificate or degree that will help advance your career later.

3. Keep up with new developments. Read relevant publications and maintain continuing education requirements needed to keep your professional licenses current.

4. Volunteer. While your service may not lead directly to employment, it will keep your intellect sharp and introduce you to influential people.

5. Build your resume. Journal publications, articles, conference talks, presentations to local community organizations or becoming involved in the local Chamber of

Commerce all offer ways to show continued involvement.

You have a lot to offer, both as a mother and an employee. Don't let a few years “at home” diminish your ability to convince future employers of that very fact!

“Measure Your Mommy Mojo” with the FREE assessment at http://www.MojoMom.com.

Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family Spark Press; 2005: $22.95 http://www.MojoMom.com

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