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Tips for Moms Returning to Work – Part V

When you are taking time away from work for motherhood, keep networking. The single most important thing you can do is keep in touch with former co-workers and other contacts.

Stephanie AuWerter, Senior Editor SmartMoney.com

If you have been following our posts over the past several days, you would have been reading up on tips for moms  returning to the workforce. Here are today’s tips:

Tip # 6: Telephone & Voice Mail. Keep in mind that your interview begins the moment you send out your résumé, so let family members know to be on their best behaviour when they answer the phone because at anytime you could be receiving calls. If you already have a recorded voice mail message, it might be time to listen to it and make sure it sounds professional.

Tip #7: Employment Agencies. Employment agencies are very important players in your effort to return to the workforce.  Many full time positions are found through these contacts, and even if you don’t get a full time position, the short-term assignments will give you a chance to experience a variety of office environments, sharpen your skills and regain your confidence.

Bosses Prefer to Communicate via Email

Have you been trying to reach the CEO of a company, or any C-Level executive? Forget the telephone. Send them an email.

According to Officeteam, a staffing agency that routinely conducts surveys around workplace watercooler issues, the boss prefers to communicate via email. Two-thirds (65 per cent) of the 150 senior executives it contacted would rather communicate by e-mail.

The survey results are as follows:

**31 per cent said they preferred face-to-face meetings at work

**3 per cent preferred receiving an old-fashioned paper memo

**1 per cent of prefer voice-mail messages

The risk with emails is that they might never get read, or the boss may quickly delete them.

To ensure your email is read, make sure to have a capturing subject line, and no gimmicks. A genuine headline that will grab the boss’ attention.

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