Divorce is stressful enough without anything else to worry about, but for many stay-at-home moms, separation also means that you must prepare to reenter the workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 70.5 percent of women with children participated in the workforce in 2016. Despite the frequency of this situation, it can be a difficult adjustment. Here are a few tips for making it a smooth transition.
Complete vocational evaluation and training
Whether you have been away from the workforce for one year or ten, it is intimidating to start the job hunt and pick your career up right where you left it. One of the best ways to fill this gap is to invest in vocational evaluation and training. In some cases, attending career school, college or another professional training program may even be covered by alimony.
Update your resume and interviewing skills
If you want to get ready to make a great impression when you hit the job market, it is essential that you update your resume and brush up your interviewing skills. Even if you have several years of unemployment, you should highlight any activities you have done that have helped you maintain your skills and build new skills that would be valuable to an employer.
Find a care provider you trust
Of course, reentering the workforce is not just about you. It is also about your kids and helping them adjust to their new life. The most important consideration is finding a care provider who will make this easy and offer the supervision your kids need. This might be your ex, a family member or a day care center. Take the time to find the right fit for you, your kids and your new job.
Reentering the workforce is not the only concern divorcing moms may have. Contact a lawyer for help with any legal concerns you are facing.