How to Get Rid of a She-Cession: 15 Steps to Recovering Working Women
The United States of America
More than 4.5 million fewer women are working now than when the pandemic began, putting women’s labor participation rates back more than 30 years. Layoffs, particularly in female-dominated areas like tourism and hospitality that have been heavily hit by COVID, as well as a lack of child care due to school and daycare closures, are to blame. However, a “return to normal” will not be enough to heal the economic harm that has been done to women, nor will it achieve the goal of gender equity in the workplace.
Experts suggest that to encourage women back to work and increase their long-term financial stability, companies and the federal government must make systemic changes, as well as some clever planning by women themselves (when their circumstances allow it). Individuals, businesses, and the country should adopt the following 15 steps right now, according to experts.
Individuals Can Help
Keep your hand in the pocket. Employers perceive job seekers with career pauses on their resumes less favorably than those who have been continuously employed, according to research, especially if the time out was for child care. Take on an occasional freelance assignment or work part-time if you can to assist close the job gap (perhaps your former employer needs help). Michelle Friedman, founder of executive coaching business Advancing Women’s Careers, adds, “This doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing situation.”
Keep up with the times. Employers may overlook job applicants who have been unemployed for a long time if they consider the applicant’s abilities have deteriorated. To offset that impression, keep current on any licenses or certifications needed in your field; pay attention to deadlines, necessary courses you have to take or fees you need to pay, advises Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of career re-entry firm iRelaunch. Also, join or retain your membership in professional organizations and subscribe to industry publications to keep up with developments.
Stay connected. Identify key contacts and reach out on a semi-regular basis. You don’t need to do anything elaborate; a message on LinkedIn reacting to something they’ve shared will do. When you’re able to re-enter the workforce, applying for. This is a brief summary.