Women returning to work

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Women returning to work
Sat, 09-19-2009 - 3:02am

This article is about affluent, educated women going back to work. It touches on many of the issues discussed here.

A few snippets:

"The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics found preliminary evidence of affluent women returning to the labor force. When it comes to women with a college education who are 25 to 44 years old and living with a spouse, the proportion of those working or looking for work increased to 78.4 percent in the first half of 2009, from 76 percent in the first half of 2007. Economists say this is surprising because the percentage of people in the work force usually drops as unemployed workers grow discouraged and stop looking for work in a recession."

"Carolyn Bednarz was not as fortunate. The former lawyer at Milbank & Tweed spent nine years at home raising three children, but she became frightened for her family’s future after her banker-husband endured four rounds of layoffs and reduced bonuses.

Ms. Bednarz started looking for work. After a 10-month search she couldn’t find a paying job.

“I probably applied for 30 jobs on Craigslist, and hardly anyone writes back,” she said, complaining that many employers aren’t interested in hiring someone who has not worked in years. “This is just the most humbling experience.”"

"Several studies have found that two different groups of women are likely not to return to work after giving birth: affluent ones and poor ones unable to afford child care.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder of the Center for Work-Life Policy in New York, an independent research group, and several other economists and experts argue that there is an unmistakable trend toward women returning to the labor force — and not just professional women.

“Women are at a watershed moment,” Ms. Hewlett said, pointing to the recession’s squeeze on incomes."

(Studies have found that for every two years a woman is out of the labor force, her earnings fall by 10 percent, a penalty that lasts throughout her career.)

Full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/19/business/19women.html?hp=&pagewanted=all


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Registered: 10-01-2009
Sun, 10-25-2009 - 8:02pm

I agree about the updated skills, and being current with technology.

The thing that I've noticed -- and I am one of the working moms, in a neighborhood/community where most women don't work outside the home -- is that the networking for CAREER tends to get sidelined.

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Registered: 04-13-2009
Sun, 10-18-2009 - 3:07pm

Just as an FYI--

My medium-sized law firm has made our last 4 staff hires through Craiglist. We had much better responses than from the newspaper and the postings on Craiglist are free. Paper resumes, unless handed over during an interview, are pretty much a thing of the past.

Updated skills are crucial to re-entering the work force. I know I hire people who will make my life easier, not people I have to hand hold through every task. A big part of this is excellent computer skills on commonly used office software.

Also, if someone is coming back after a year or more of staying at home (and notes this on the resume or tells me this in the interview), I would expect some reassurances that he/she has adequate and reliable childcare so that he/she can be reliable. This is not something an employer may legally ask about, but it may benefit the applicant to mention that childcare is a non-issue and that regular and punctual attendance will be a priority to the applicant.

Don't forget that the normal rules of resumes apply--no typos, easy to read, explains what you have done and how you will benefit the company. . .

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Fri, 09-25-2009 - 4:43pm

“I probably applied for 30 jobs on Craigslist, and hardly anyone writes back,” she said, complaining that many employers aren’t interested in hiring someone who has not worked in years.>>

If she's saying that she applied for only 30 jobs over a 10 month time period, she wasn't trying very hard.

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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 2:13pm

When I went back to work after being a sahm it was important to me to like what I was doing, like the environment/workplace etc and feel like it was something worthwhile. I had no interest in going back to what I was doing, although I could have made more money doing it.

I made a good decision & still like my job & workplace.

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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 11:50am



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Thu, 09-24-2009 - 11:49am

I was talking with a friend on Sunday, one of her older dd's just got a job, as


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Registered: 02-06-2009
Thu, 09-24-2009 - 11:16am

We hired the person that seemed likely to do best at the job. Isn't that what all employers do?

Hmmm. Not quite sure how you came to that conclusion. What I said was that failing to maintain her skills during SAH made this candidate unsuited for the job. It's the failing to maintain skills part, not the SAH part.

FWIW, the woman we hired was an empty-nester.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 09-24-2009 - 10:48am

did you hire somebody more competent in a working environment,somebody more competent with computer skills or a little of both?



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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 09-24-2009 - 8:32am

She covered that in her post.

"The problem wasn't that she hadn't been working, it was that she wasn't confident about using basic systems like Word and Excel because she hadn't maintained her computer skills while she'd SAH."

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Registered: 02-06-2009
Thu, 09-24-2009 - 8:23am

Actually, as my colleague and I were