Brian Alden: If you have put your career on hold to stay home and raise your family, trying to break back into your field can be a daunting task. There are some things to consider as you transition back into the workforce.
First, if your finances allow it, think about starting with part time work. These positions offer the most flexible options for scheduling and may allow you to make a transition back into the workplace, a little smoother for your family.
Part time work will also allow you to resharpen your skills, after your time spent away. So you will be prepared when a full time position becomes available. If you need to work fulltime, look for companies that allow flexible hours or offer work from home opportunities.
Once you have decided what kind of work you'll be looking for, tap into your networks, old co-workers, friends from college, anyone who can help guide your search or serve as a reference for prospective employers.
And finally it's important that you work to sharpen your skills as you prepare to reenter your chosen career. Research the latest developments in your field; consider taking a class or doing some consulting to get your feet wet and start building new connections.
Don't forget that while you may have taken some time off from your career, you have not taken time off from work. Raising a family is challenging and there are plenty of skills you picked up that you can bring back into the workplace with you. With a little preparation, you will be ready to jump back into the workforce better than ever.