Erin Novak worried about her ability to find a job. After leaving the labor force more than six years ago to care for her two children, she wanted to return to work. Her computer skills were rusty. She didn’t own a suit appropriate for interviewing.
But it took just over two months for Novak to land a human resources job at Ampco System Parking.
“I was a little nervous. It was like going back the first day of school,” says Novak, 28, of Lakewood, Ohio, mom to Madeline, 6, and Evan, 3.
Novak is one of a growing number of mothers who are leaving the workforce only to return later. Many of these so-called sequencing moms are finding employers more willing to hire them despite resume gaps.
Employers are partnering with search firms that specialize in returning moms. Companies are going beyond federal law and giving mothers a year or longer for maternity leave, then taking them back. And some businesses are specifically trying to recruit sequencing moms for job openings.