Tips for Women Stepping Back In

(WOMENSENEWS)–Heading back into the world of work often presents challenges to women hoping to pick up where they left off. Instead of welcoming arms, career coaches tell those about to step back in to expect skeptical employers and a rough re-entry.”It’s about women repackaging themselves as candidates. They are fighting the view of the soccer moms,” says Eliza Shanley, co-founder of Women At Work Network in Wilton, Conn., which connects women with employers, helps them re-enter the work force and offers career counseling and advice on resume writing.Shanley’s network has about 2,000 members; 95 percent have undergraduate degrees and 30 percent hold graduate degrees, many with mid- to senior-level experience. Most of the women have stepped away from the corporate world to raise children.The burden, says Shanley, is to anticipate re-entry will not be easy and work around it. Among other things, Shanley says, women should describe their volunteer work in business terms. “Don’t say you chaired the book fair, but that you oversaw a committee of six on a project where you increased sales 20 percent.