Many women take time off to care for their children or a sick family member, pursue a personal interest or even further their education. Often, they face difficulty (or even discrimination) getting back to work.
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Linda Lee, Head of Communications for Southeast Asia and North Asia at LinkedIn, shares 5 easy ways to help back-to-work mothers get back in the game and feel more confident about their career pursuits.
These tips were shared at the Back To Work: Recharged & Ready event on Sept 1, 2018, which was organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Young Parents was the official magazine.
3 / 7 Take pride in your experience – in life and at work.Load more
“Our careers are no longer linear; in fact, we may change our careers several times in the last five to ten years. Every experience is valuable as we have built a range of skills from more than one industry.
“Companies now look for great people with hybrid skills. The future belongs to those who have the ability to wear multiple hats, which already sounds like something mothers do on a daily basis!
“Don’t shy away from sharing more about your own personal values and personality to your story – it is a powerful way to show your character.”
4 / 7 Be vocal about your achievements.Load more
“Be deliberate when sharing about your achievements while maintaining a professional tone. Don’t hold back listing them on your online profile.
“Success means different things to different people, so go ahead and share what success means in your own terms, and don’t limit yourself to just sharing about your professional experience.”
5 / 7 Build your network and community.Load more
“Take time to connect with people, whether it is by you reaching out, accepting connection requests or connecting with profiles suggested by LinkedIn.
“This will help increase your chances of getting noticed by the relevant connections, which can put you ahead in the job-seeking game. Behind every success is a community.”
6 / 7 Be active.Load more
“It’s not just about what’s on your profile. Being proactive is key when it comes to networking. Follow organisations that inspire you, or that you’d love to work for, make new connections, join groups and participate in discussions. This could span from support groups for working mothers to networking events for women leaders.
“They should resonate with your identity and beliefs. Keeping your profile active shows companies and potential partners that you’re up-to-date with industry developments and news.”
7 / 7 Tell your story.Load more
“We all love a good personal story. When you are inspired by the latest book you’ve read or a recent meeting with someone from your network or community, do share on LinkedIn.
“For example, there might be lessons learnt from becoming a parent that may be relevant to managing time in the workplace.
“By relating your own experience to trending topics, it offers a unique perspective to others whilst demonstrating that you are knowledgeable and well informed on industry matters.”