Going back to work after being a stay-at-home parent? Our HR expert has some advice


Congratulations on your decision to take a hiatus from your career as a project manager to devote yourself to full-time parenting of your preschool-age children. To prepare for your eventual return to the workforce, there are several things you can do. As you leave your position, make sure to comply with your employer's resignation policy and leave on a positive note, offering your help during your final weeks and keeping the door open for future opportunities. 

During your time as a full-time parent, stay relevant in your industry by taking professional development classes, maintaining industry credentials, reading business articles, staying connected on LinkedIn, and keeping in touch with recruiters and industry contacts. Don't neglect technology skills, as these are always in demand, and consider taking on a project as a consultant or gig worker to gain hands-on experience and build your portfolio.

Highlight your relevant experience, education, and qualifications on your resume, and be assertive in networking and attending relevant events in your industry. By taking these steps, you can remain relevant while being a full-time stay-at-home parent and ease your way back into your career field once you are ready. Best of luck in your transition!

Congratulations on your wife's pregnancy, and I am glad to hear that she did not sustain any injuries from the fall at her workplace. As a helpful assistant, I would advise you to exercise caution before reaching out to your wife's employer about safety concerns at the facility if you are not an employee. It may be appropriate for you to communicate your concerns if you work for the same employer and through the proper protocols. However, as a former chief human resources officer, I strongly advise against reaching out as a spouse or family member, as this approach can be off-putting to employers. It is important to maintain a clear relationship between the employer and employee, without interference from outside parties. Instead, encourage your wife to address HR with any safety concerns she may have, and support her in thinking through how to approach the situation. Ultimately, it is best for the employee to take the lead in communicating with their employer about workplace safety.

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