Returning to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom

Many mothers make the decision to stay at home to raise their kids and, eventually, they get back into the workforce. Unfortunately, when they do, there are extra hurdles they have to jump.

According to Kathryn Sollmann, who spent 10 years as a recruiter and now runs 9 Lives for Women- career advisory firm for current and returning professionals- women say they’ll leave the workforce for a couple years, but it turns into an average of 12.

Once they decide to get back into the workforce, how do they explain the gap on their resume?

"I will say, unequivocally, do not put that you were a stay at home mom on your resume," Sollmann says.

She says the business world just isn’t interested in seeing that. So instead, include any freelance work you’ve done, and then focus on volunteer work. Make sure you’re including non-profit work where your business skills are flexed, like the head of the PTA or chair of the book fair.

Once you land that interview, don’t say you’ll do anything, but specify how you’ve maintained your business skills, have stayed connected to your field and how you can fill a specific need within that company.

Finally, do your research, look for flexible work and make sure you’re truly ready to get back into the workforce.