During a marriage, one spouse might forego employment opportunities to stay at home for a variety of reasons: child care, home maintenance, or simply not needing the extra income.
A 2018 study by the Pew Research Center showed that 1 in 5 U.S. moms and dads are stay-at-home parents now. That accounts for more than 11 million moms and dads across the country. In times of divorce, the stay-at-home spouse may be left in a difficult position. Many times, the non-working spouse reenters the workforce to make ends meet financially.
While this task might seem daunting at first thought, here are some ways that can help make this transition easier for you.
1. Assess and Document Personal Skills and Education
As in any employment search, you must first identify the skill set you possess. Once you determine what skills you have, you can formulate a new resume or update an existing one while highlighting those attributes. Document the formal education and training you have received, as well as specific past responsibilities and accomplishments.
2. Work With the Connections You Have
If you previously had an employer before becoming a stay-at-home parent, utilize those connections! Your employer will likely remember you and may even be able to offer you a position if you demonstrated your skills and work ethic beforehand.
Those seeking employment should reach out to as many people as possible. Networking includes making professional contact with former colleagues and potentially family, friends, and acquaintances.
The more people you come into contact with the greater their chances of landing a job. Utilize platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn, as these are great tools that many employers utilize as well to find job applicants.
4. Be Open To New Possibilities
Having worked in one specific professional realm does not mean you have to seek that position again. An individual's skill set and experience might mean they are qualified to seek and perform other jobs that require similar experience. Try searching for positions where your experience would be relevant and you could also learn new skills.
5. Open Up With People Who Have Also Experienced Divorce
We understand that going back to work after months or years of being a stay-at-home parent can be difficult and stressful. Knowing you have bills to pay and a family to provide for can make this even more true for you.
It’s important to remember that you are not alone. During times of stress, one of the best ways to get back on your feet is to talk to people who can relate to your situation. If you have friends or family members who went through a divorce, ask them about their own experiences going back to work. They can provide you with valuable insight into the transition and help you remember that you are not alone.
Contact our firm at (954) 626-8071 for a no-fee consultation to discuss any of your family law matters.