Going back to work after several years out to raise a family can seem like a daunting prospect. In these circumstances, many women are concerned that their time away will negatively impact the how they are perceived by potential employers.
But with demand for highly skilled workers increasing, employers are actively courting women who left work to have children. Hiring working mothers is no longer a token gesture but a business imperative.
Attracting and retaining highly skilled female professionals who have left the workforce has become a priority for businesses to combat skills shortages.
Extended paid maternity leave, on-site or subsidised childcare and flexible working arrangements are all becoming more widely adopted as employers seek to attract the best and brightest female talent back into the workforce.
“While changes in policy make a significant difference, proper preparation on the part of professionals can also ensure that they can transition smoothly back into working life,” says Sally Martin, Associate Director at Robert Walters.
Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for returning to the workforce:
Maintaining relationships with employers and colleagues during a break from your career is an excellent way to make your eventual return to the workforce.
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