Recently, an article was released in The Harvard Business Review called,
In this article by Kate Weisshaar, it was shared that stay-at-home parents were about half as likely to get a callback as unemployed parents and only one-third as likely as employed parents. Even more interesting, these results applied to both women AND men who were returning to work.
For those of us who have navigated the return to work as a stay-at-home parent, we are very aware that this struggle is real. It’s tough to get a callback even if you have been employed full-time before a career transition (the article sites around a 15% callback rate.) So, how can we increase our chances?
- Network, network, network! A personal recommendation by a current employee goes a long way in any work site.
- Schedule some practice interviews or informational interviews at businesses in your chosen field. Not only will that get your foot in the door, you will learn exactly what they are looking for in an employee.
- Write your resume and cover letter specifically for that job. Get rid of the fluff and focus on what they need and how you meet that.
- Take classes or obtain certifications specific to your field.
- Volunteer in related groups or clubs, or, better yet, find out where your potential supervisors volunteer and get involved in that cause (as long as you interest is genuine.)
- There is still great value to actual thank you notes and write them often. Thank you for letting me apply, do you need additional information? Thank you for talking with me on the telephone to clarify the position description. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
What tips can you share with the rest of us?