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Leaving work to raise kids makes it harder to get rehired

It may take re-learning some of your job skills to get a callback. (Source: Pixabay) It may take re-learning some of your job skills to get a callback. (Source: Pixabay)
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If you left your job to raise children, a new survey shows you may have a harder time getting hired once you decide to return to the workforce.

The Harvard Business Review found already-employed workers were more likely to get callbacks from job recruiters. But the real surprise was stay-at-home parents trying to re-enter the workforce were half as likely to be contacted as workers who'd been let go.

Part of the reason is fear among employers that those out of the workforce have rusty skills and might be less committed to the job because of their children.

So, how can you increase your chances of getting hired? Brush up on your job skills. Technology changes so quickly you may need to take a course or two to be more marketable.

If recruiters as about gaps in your resume, be up front about your reasons for returning to work and your ability to fully commit to a new job.

Staying home with kids is challenging and rewarding. If you can handle that, you can land a good job, provided you have to the proper preparation.

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