So, you’ve been away from the workforce for a while and you want to get back in. Your employer doesn’t have a returnship program and you’re not sure what to do to get back up to speed. Luckily, there are nine companies out there waiting to help you get back in. They will help you in a number of different ways, be it networking and interviewing or finding temporary work to gain experience and figure out if being a working mom is right for you.
- iRelaunch: Offers some free resources including a list of companies that have returnships and some resources you do have to pay for.
- reacHIRE: They will connect you with companies looking to hire returning workers, and they have a blog full of useful articles about returning to work.
- Mom Corps: Looks like a headhunter, but it’s one that is specifically looking for returning moms. You upload your resume and they will match you up with the jobs on their database.
- The Mom Project: Click on “Discover Opportunities,” and you will be able to set up your free account to look for employers and to help employers find you.
- OnRamp Fellowship: This is specifically for women going back into the legal or financial fields. They offer fellowships for returning moms in those fields to succeed.
- ReBoot: They offer online workshops for a fairly modest fee, and they have a job board for moms returning to the workforce.
- The Second Shift: Familiar with Fiverr? This is kind of along the same lines except they are much more selective with what skilled workers can work there and who can employ the workers for what jobs. If you are selected, this would be a great way to build your portfolio and get back in the game while making some money.
- Après: More than just a job board specifically for flexible work opportunities and women returning to work, this gorgeous website also includes inspiration and encouragement along the way.
- Lynda: Lynda is one of many websites full of online courses to help you spruce up on your skills. Some of these things you can get for free on YouTube. Another place that you can pay per class is Udemy.
If you are wanting to go back to work, know that there are many opportunities waiting for you and support available, both paid and free. Going back into the workforce is doable.
By Bethanie Ryan