How does a stay at home parent return to the work force with no verifiable work skills?
Unfortunately in these cases the only thing you can do is do your best to show all your skills and apply for lower entry positions. Often it means working a job that doesn't pay a lot and that doesn't require a lot of skills.
My mother-in-law was a stay at home mom for 24 years. She has a masters degree and loads of experience as a parent of nine children, but none of that meant much when she tried to find a job. She applied for jobs in her field, management positions, and now she works as an assistant in the library for less then $9 an hour and only part time. It sucks...
With difficulty. It is the same as with a recent graduate with no experience. But at least the recent grad has some recent training. The mom that wants to go back to work doesn't even have that -- usually.
A letter of recommendation from a husband lauding the mom's housekeeping, bookkeeping, and day-care skills is not going to impress a hiring manager, regardless of her twenty-four years old MA.
All she is likely good for is some grunt job. If that doesn't make her happy, tough titties -- she set her course twenty-four years ago when she started pumping out spawn.
If she is in some creative field, she might be able to do something by assembling a knock-out portfolio to get a job or get some free-lance clients.
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