While some fields, especially in the service and hospitality industries, most directly correspond with the skill set of a stay-at-home mom (think housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, laundry machine operator, custodian, facilities manager or van driver), there are a number of jobs that can make the transition from childcare to cubicle share an easy one:
Marketing Manager: Responsible for developing and implementing the marketing plan for an organization, this role generally involves managing a staff of marketing professionals and taps into the skill set used when overseeing the well-being of children.
Sales Representative: Interacting with existing customers all day requires patience, nurturing, and great interpersonal skills—all qualities that a mom possesses.
Executive Recruiter: Recruiters screen, interview, and recommend prospective employees for employment in executive or senior management positions, often performing a variety of tasks, which is where the multi-tasking mom excels.
Non Profit Manager: For stay-at-home moms who became heavily involved in charity work through their children's school or of their own accord, they can take that initiative to the next level with this fulfilling career.
Community Organizer: Parlay involvement in the local community or PTA by promoting activities and services through various forms of media and recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, and scheduling volunteer workers.
Customer Service Representative: Requires the ability to manage a wide range of people, solve problems and resolve conflict with patience and speed. Good choice for mom's who want set hours and no after hour work to take home.
Regardless of which career path you may choose to pursue as a mother re-entering the workforce, it's important to have a plan and focus on a field that interests you. People who are re-entering the workforce have skills and life experience that make you attractive to employers. Passion and a willingness to learn can go a long way in overcoming time out of the workforce. Focus on your strengths and prepare for job interviews. Making yourself marketable to employers takes a bit of juggling and hard work, but as any mom will vouch, those are skills they all have down pat.