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How to Find a Job After Being a Stay-at-Home Dad

by Lisa McQuerrey

Many men take the opportunity to become stay-at-home dads, often taking a sabbatical from their careers to fulfill this life objective. When you're ready to re-enter the workforce, you can capitalize on the multitasking and organizational skills you acquired while being a stay-at-home dad, combined with any type of volunteer or side work you did during your time off from your career.

Update Your Resume

Update your resume to include volunteer activities, side or consulting work you did while being a stay-at-home dad. If you participated in continuing education or professional development training during your time away from the working world, emphasize it on your resume. This will demonstrate how you’ve stayed abreast of changes in your industry and kept your skills fresh and updated.

Use Existing Contacts

Call former employers and colleagues and spread the word that you're ready to re-enter the job market. This is a way to utilize people who are familiar with your work and your abilities. Even if there are no job openings in their respective companies, they might be able to make recommendations and referrals to help you get your job search on track.

Start Networking

Reintegrate yourself into professional and business organizations such as Rotary clubs, chambers of commerce and industry networking groups. Re-establish connections with previous professional contacts, including vendors, suppliers and clients. Attend networking functions and talk about the type of work you're interested in pursuing. Find out if there are any new certifications or licenses you need to obtain to improve your chances of landing a job, and then sign up for classes that will help you earn the right credentials.

Use Parent Connections

During the time you spent as a stay-at-home dad, you probably formed cordial relationships with other stay-at-home parents through your child's school or children's group activities. Call on these individuals to help with your job search. They might have friends and contacts in the business world that can assist in your efforts.

Prepare for Interviews

When you start going on job interviews, you're likely to be asked how you spent the preceding several years. Explain your decision to be a stay-at-home parent. Emphasize the personal rewards you gained and discuss your excitement about getting back into a professional environment. Highlight the multitasking skills you learned in your at-home capacity and relate them to potential on-the-job responsibilities. Highlight ways in which you've maintained or expanded on your skills and impress on hiring managers your ability to quickly re-acclimate to the workforce and become a contributing member of the team.

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