Magazine article Working Mother

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Magazine article Working Mother

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We hear this a lot: You've stayed home to nurture your kids through their early years, and now you're itching to go back to work-but the office doors just aren't opening. Rather than dwell on the barriers (they think you've lost skills, you're nervous), focus on your pluses and be persistent, says career coach Amanda Augustine, job search expert for online job-matching service theladders.com. Her tips:

Build your brand.

Just because you haven't been getting a paycheck for a job doesn't mean you weren't gaining skills and experience worth bragging about. Whether you were PTA president, head of the school auction or selling on Etsy all the while, incorporate your volunteer work and other activities that demonstrate your qualifications into your resume and online presence.

Leverage friends and family ties. …

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