Working and motherhood doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. Just because you work doesn’t mean you’re less of a mother. And, being a mother doesn’t stop you from being as good a professional as the next guy.
Yet, in reality, that doesn’t always seem to be the case.
There are real tugs between our work life and our home life. They can leave us feeling guilty or inept, stressed or unfulfilled. Sometimes, it’s us: our priorities have changed or our love for the job has waned.
Other times it’s them. Our manager or team isn’t supportive of our transition back into the workforce after having a baby. Our job isn’t flexible to meet the dual forces in our lives. Or our employer or industry isn’t especially supportive of women, let alone working mothers.
Whatever the reason, it may be time to find a new job.
If you’re on the hunt for a new job or a new employer that will better fit into your life, I’ve scoured the web to find the very best resources to help.
No matter how great the job may be, if it’s not at a company that supports women and working moms you’ll be fighting an uphill battle every step of the way. Fairygodboss curates information and insights from women employees about their experience in the workplace. Everything from salary and bonus information, opinions on gender equality, maternity leave and other benefits as well as job satisfaction levels. The site also ranks companies by industry and lists jobs from forward-thinking companies.
2. Working Mother
Ever wonder which companies will offer you the support you need as a working mom? Look no further than Working Mother 100 Best Companies. The magazine’s annual ranking provides data and analysis of the best companies in terms of female representation and advancement, benefits, parental leave, childcare and flextime. This is a US listing, but as many of the companies listed are global, it’s a good list to consider no matter where you live.
No matter how much you love to work, full-time opportunities may no longer fit your life. What you need instead is a more flexible approach to your career. Maybrooks is a resource for moms to find flexible job opportunities be they part-time, freelance or contract, full-time flex or any other arrangement that may be on offer.
For Canadian mamas looking for more flexible opportunities, Tellent is for you. Tellent connects women to companies that support both career aspirations and personal commitments because women don’t need to choose between their ambitions to be a mother and a professional.
Are you ready to reconnect with your professional side after a career break? Good thing because employers are starting to realize the untapped potential you and so many moms like you offer. Après connects you with these companies and provides the support you’ll need to return to the workforce successfully.
No matter if you’ve been out of the workforce for a couple of months, several years or a decade or two, iRelaunch provides access to jobs, re-entry internship programs as well as other resources to help you relaunch your career after an extended break.
7. Mentorship programs
No matter where you are in your journey, the good news is there are resources to help you think through things and take action. While many of the above offer coaching or consulting services, you can also search for mentorship programs either through a professional industry or academic institution. The University of Toronto, for example, offers a Back to Work program through its MBA program.
8. Career counsel
If you’re looking for a more hands on approach to get you back in the swing of things, consider connecting with a career coach or counsellor. Or, if you’d just rather go it alone, check out the rich and growing library of books that can offer the support and insights you may need.
So, what did you think of this listing? Have I missed any amazing resources you’ve used successfully? What else should working mamas consider if they’re looking for a new job? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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