Re-Entering the Workforce– Make a Great First Impression


Stand Out From the Crowd

About 5 years ago I took a deep breath and prepared for a huge change.

After sixteen years as a stay at home mom, I was ready to jump back into career mode.

This was not easy! It was especially complicated by the fact that my only “real job” that I had after college only lasted for a year and a half until we had our first son AND it was not a career that I felt I actually excelled at (medical sales).

I had to totally re-invent myself at age 40. It was a daunting task, but I was determined.

First, I had to Write a New Resume

And, boy had resumes changed in 16 years! Thankfully the internet is full of rich resources to help you craft an eye catching resume. I found this article on resumes for stay at home moms to be very enlightening. Here are tips for making your resume look nicer from a graphic design standpoint. 

Next, I needed to Get my Mindset Right

I read everything about careers and personal development that I could get my hands on. Some of my favorites were Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, You are a Badass, and Own the Room.

I also watched an unbelievable number of Ted talks–this one was my favorite:

So, now that you’ve sat up. . .

What are your career aspirations? Do you like your job? Ready to change careers? Ready to re-enter the workforce? Ready for a change?



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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!