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Manage Job Search: What to work again after 8 years of gap

 
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Hi Johanna,

I am a proud mother of 2 kids. I left my job (software engineer) 8 years before, to plan my family and to give full time for kid's development.
Now I am looking for the job again, and would be interested to "Work from home". Can you please suggest me what/where I can look for "Work from home" kind of jobs? I am open for some other options other than software/programming.

Thanks & Regards,
Neha
 
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Neha, Congratulations on both having your kids and being ready to rejoin the work force! Both are big accomplishments!

Now, you have to change your perspective. You are thinking about what you want. That's good. You also need to know what an employer will value in you.

Is working from home your only alternative? Have you considered these options:

1. Working during the day when the kids are in school, and leaving early when their school day is done?
2. Working part-time, but full days?
3. Working at a very local (very short commute) company, so you can be home when the kids need you?

I have two children also. I used after-school care, and was very happy with it, so both my husband and I could work full time. That was our choice. Every family makes their own choices. What worked for me will not necessarily work for you.

However, this is a hiring manager's market. It's also a market where distributed teams are the norm, so you have that going for you.

I work from home, and I have a room for my office with a door. That door is quite necessary. It allows me to concentrate. BTW, do not think you can take care of the kids and still work. You will shortchange one or the other. Okay, enough personal advice. Back to the job search.

You need to generate at least three reasonable options for your job search, one of which might be working from home. If working from home is one of them, be prepared to explain how you will jell with the team, how you will complete your work, and how you will provide status, how you will ask for help, all of that stuff. Working from home is more difficult than it might appear on the outside. Staying connected to a team can be quite difficult. If you are prepared before you start to interview, you won't hem and haw.

What value do you provide a hiring manager? How can you "package" yourself, so you can explain yourself as a compelling hire to a hiring manager?

Think outward. What problem are you solving for a hiring manager?

If you think of this as problem solving for a hiring manager, you are on the right track. Good luck!

 
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Hi Johanna,

Thanks for your wishes.

For now working from home is only alternative, because younger daughter is 2 yrs old, but after an year or so, I would be able to work full time and can attend office as well.

I have noted all your points regarding the communication gap between the office colleagues, if I opt for working from home.

Thanks a lot for sharing very detailed information on what points a women should consider if she wants to work from home only.

Thanks & Regards,
Neha

 
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