Digital Tools to Help Moms Transform Their Careers

No matter what you hope your next professional move will be, these digital tools will help you get there.

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These digital tools will let you bust out of a rut, nail a new gig, or make a professional pivot—without ever leaving home.

For moms ready to find a new position:

"Companies now understand that work can be done remotely, and more are hiring full-time remote positions as the job market begins to recover," says Matthew Hollingsworth, head of operations at WeWorkRemotely, a directory of work-anywhere job listings. New postings on the platform increased by 57 percent since last April, and there are between 20 and 50 jobs posted each day. Make your résumé stand out: "Hiring managers are looking at hundreds, if not thousands, of résumés," Hollingsworth says, so read the job description carefully and edit yours to include the search terms they're looking for. Yes, that means updating your doc for each gig—it's worth it.

For moms wondering what's next:

Perhaps you could use some one-on-one coaching. "I work with a lot of women who feel discontented by their jobs, but simply changing employers isn't always the solution," says Rebecca Olson, who created her career-coaching company specifically for working mothers. Sessions with Olson encourage women to get in touch with their values and the core pieces of who they are. You'll put pen to paper to consider what energizes you and what doesn't. "This creates a compass that can point you forward," she says. "You start by looking inward, at what you want, not outward, at job postings." Free consultation, programs from $197 and up.

For moms who want to finally get that degree:

Grad-school admissions counselors say interest is up, and if you're itching to join the post collegiate crew, you'll need a refresher. "Most graduate programs in the U.S. require an admissions test," like the GMAT (for business school), LSAT (to study law), MCAT (to study medicine), or GRE (pretty much everything else), says Rob Franek, editor-in-chief at The Princeton Review. If it's been a while (like, a decade) since you solved for x, consider test prep. You can tap into live virtual tutoring lessons and ask questions in the moment, or revisit videos of the classes on your own time. "We know how important it is for parents to be as efficient and effective as possible in the fewest hours," Franek says. If your focus is on getting a bachelor's degree, rest assured: The site also offers consultations for prospective college students. $299 and up for test prep, $250 and up for college consultations.

For moms with a résumé gap:

Founded by two mamas who struggled to return to work after taking time away, Après is all about helping you make the transition back to office life (even Zoom office life) after staying home with little ones. "The companies that post with us"—including heavy hitters such as Facebook and UnitedHealth Group—"understand that we serve a community whose career gaps brought wisdom and value to these women," says Stacey Delo, CEO of Après and coauthor of Your Turn: Careers, Kids, and Comebacks—A Working Mother's Guide. You can sign up for the company's webinars to stay motivated during your search, schedule a résumé review, and sit in on live Q&As led by experts. FYI: Paid members ($99, or half off with code PARENTS) get their résumés beelined to hiring managers, but there are also free packages available.

For moms who want to start a business:

Sharon Beason launched the WomeneurCollective in 2017 to guide female business owners, or business-owner hopefuls, through the confusing, daunting world of being your own boss. The goal: Give women doable steps that take their "Wouldn't it be cool if ... " dreams out of the clouds and down to planet Earth. For a $25-per-month membership fee, entrepreneurs receive vetted recommendations for web designers, contract lawyers, and other necessary partners; a step-by-step guide to each stage of biz development; and Q&As with pros to help with social media, branding, and more.

For moms hoping to network:

A few things that are way harder to do during a pandemic: Buy bleach, see the Eiffel Tower, and mingle with a group of like-minded peers in your field. Luckily, HeyMama can help with that last one. It's a platform dedicated to connecting professional moms, with 11 chapters in major cities across the country—though these days, all events are digital. A $35 monthly membership offers access to a forum where mothers can score insights into pressing career problems and also get a direct line to other members, many of whom happen to be badasses in their industries.

For moms considering a part-time gig:

"We have a team of job researchers who spend a combined 200 hours every day searching for and posting flexible job listings to our site," says Brie Weiler Reynolds, career-development manager and coach at FlexJobs, which offers members access to its job listings for $15 per month. "Part of that time is also spent researching every job and company before it's posted to weed out scams, commission-only jobs, multilevel marketing businesses, and other lower-quality listings." If you're still striking out, you can tap one of their career coaches for a personalized résumé review and interview practice sessions.

For moms needing inspo:

If you're up for a major second act, you can research new fields with MasterClass. Whether you're considering a career in sales, writing, or wine, these thoughtful courses may ignite a spark. For $180 per year, you'll have access to more than 100 courses, each of which comes with 20 short videos you can play and pause as your schedule allows. Try Business Leadership, taught by former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz; Building a Fashion Brand, with Diane von Furstenberg; or French Pastry Fundamentals, with chef Dominique Ansel. The whole house will thank you for that last one.

This article originally appeared in Parents magazine's March 2021 issue as "Help With Your Next Move." Want more from the magazine? Sign up for a monthly print subscription here.

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