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"You want to get back out to work? You have to sell yourself and prove that you are the best person for the job. Don't be afraid to try for team leadership roles or management positions. Just because you have been out of the workforce doesn't mean that you cannot do the job." 
If I had a pound for all the women I have heard saying "I have never done anything", "I am just a mum/housewife", "I haven't worked for years nobody would want me" I would be rich. 
 
Seriously,  the hardest job in the world is being a mum and running a home. 
 
Let's think about the daily life of a mum. 

Up at the crack of dawn, ensure everyone is up, washed, dressed, fed and off to school. Housework, washing, cooking, ironing , shopping then kids are home, need to be fed, homework done, bath, bed... it never ends. Then you have to doit  all again the next day. You don't have days off or paid holidays! 

So think of all the skills a mum has : 
  1. Organisational: it takes skill to organise all of the above and be on time. 
  2. Financial: running a home on a set budget takes skill and talent. 
  3. Communication: communicating with children takes a real skill.
  4. Networking: other parents,  teachers, swimming teachers, various coaches, all takes good networking. 
  5. Thinking on your feet: you have to stay one step ahead and react to situations quickly. An excellent trait to have.
  6. Negotiation: try getting a 5 year old to eat veg or get to bed when told. It takes negotiating skills.  
  7. Remain calm under pressure. 
So all these skills are not just "mum" skills they are transferable skills.  Managing a home and a family is exactly that. Managing. 
 
When getting back into the workplace don't ever think that you have nothing to give. You have everything to give. 
 
List all the skills you have gained and tell them what you can offer them as an organisation. Like everyone you have to sell yourself so please don't sell yourself short. 
 
You want to get back out to work? You have to sell yourself and prove that you are the best person for the job. Don't be afraid to try for team leadership roles or management positions. Just because you have been out of the workforce doesn't mean that you cannot do the job. You will see things from a very different and calm perspective which many organisations need and appreciate. 
 
When applying for a job give examples of how you have dealt with difficult situations and how you overcame these. A manager needs to be calm, organised and motivating. All the things mums do every day! 
 
So don't ever think "I can't do it!" You can and you will. 
 

 

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