The decision to reenter the workforce is never an easy one for a mother. Still, U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that the majority of mothers – a full 72 percent of us – are members of the workforce in some capacity.
Moms at Work
A single mom, Nichole Calautti of Pittsfield, Mass., always knew she’d have to work to support herself and her young son. “Like everyone, I had bills, and I had a child to take care of,” she says. “I took the state-allowed maternity leave, then went back to work.”
Other moms take time off before returning to employment. “I had a full year off after the birth of my second son,” says Ann Murray of Williamstown, N.J. “It made it a little harder to go back, because I was a full year away from the experience and network I had before.”
It doesn’t matter if working is a financial necessity or a personal preference. What does matter is that – once the decision is made – the mom must re-evaluate herself as a potential employee. Are you still marketable? Continue reading »