You've paused your career for a while to raise your kids or take care of a family member, but now you're ready—and energized—for a career comeback. The only problem: Despite your experience and accomplishments, some hiring managers can't seem to get past the glaring gap in your resume. To get back in the swing of things and make your transition back into the workforce easier, we shine a spotlight on 14 businesses that understand how challenging it is to be a re-entry mom—and know how to help. From companies that specifically focus on back-to-work moms to organizations that offers skill-building "enternships" for women of all ages and a hefty fellowship in law, these businesses that assist with on-ramping all do their part to make sure working moms have the resources and the connections to get back in the game.
These return-to-work experts offer more than 230 programs and presentations, including boot camps and individual coaching, and boast an international network of more than 25,000 returning professionals. They work with employers, professional associations, university alumni organizations and relaunching professionals through the company's consulting, coaching and public-speaking practices (irelaunch.com).
Founded by CEO and self-admitted "serial entrepreneur" Addie Swartz, reachHIRE partners with innovative Fortune 500 corporations to educate them about re-entry and then connect them with the more than 1.6 million women who are on career break, now ready to re-enter the workforce. With its comprehensive PowerUp career re-entry program, the company prepares women for professional work with specialized training, coaching and connecting opportunities (reachire.com).
3. Mom Corps
As a division of Corps Team, a national professional search and staffing firm, Mom Corps serves a resource to help place experienced professionals in full-time, fractional, flexible and virtual positions (momcorps.com).
4. The Mom Project
This digital talent marketplace and community connects professionally accomplished women with companies and lists flexible job options for full- and part-time and remote work in the United States (themomproject.com).
5. OnRamp Fellowship
This platform places women in paid positions in law firms, legal departments and financial services firms in the U.S., Australia and the UK for six to 12 months. The fellowships are worth $125,000 and available for 80 positions in 24 cities (onrampfellowship.com).
6. Hourly Nerd
At Hourly Nerd, freelance consulting projects are available—for bid—to professionals with MBAs, particularly those with extensive consulting or operating experience and an average of eight years of work experience. Consultants can learn more about the details, budget and scope of the project on the website and connect with major employers such as GE, Microsoft and Pfizer (hourlynerd.com).
7. Path Forward
This organization places returning professionals who have taken a pause in their career due to caregiving responsibilities in mid-career internships. It partners with GoDaddy, Demandbase, CloudFlare, Coursera, Instacart and Zendesk. Currently, it helps individuals based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but starting in 2017, it'll be running programs in New York, California, Colorado and other major metro areas (pathforward.org).
Flexible job opportunities abound in this marketplace that caters to women. It offers flexible full-time positions, part-time senior level positions and, coming soon, job sharing opportunities and maternity leave help—so women can successfully transition out and re-enter when they're ready (saywerk.com).
This company helps women accelerate their careers via programs as short as two days or as long as eight weeks in Silicone Valley, New York, Seattle or Chicago. On its site, it also lists part-time and full-time job opportunities, returnships and internships (rebootaccel.com).
This talent-matching company specializes in connecting seasoned freelancers, supertemps and parental leave fill-ins, spanning different skillsets and industries, with contract work, family leave covers and other projects (emissaries.co).
11. The Second Shift
Another flexible employment resource, the Second Shift matches highly skilled professional women to jobs that fit their skills and expertise—and they handle all the pesky paperwork as well (thesecondshift.com)!
In addition to a comprehensive job market, this site features career content and inspirational stories of women who have successfully re-entered the workforce, and provides access to career coaches (apresgroup.com).
Working moms can build their skills anytime, anywhere with this online learning site. By subscription, users have access to more than 4000 courses in business, technology and creative skills taught by industry experts (lynda.com).
14. The Enternship
This New York City-based six-week program at Wunderlich Kaplan Communications teaches women a variety of skills in PR, tech and social media (theenternship.com).