NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- For many women, starting a family means taking a hiatus from the working world to focus on motherhood. According to the Pew Research Center, 29% of American mothers about 10.4 million women did not work outside the home in 2012. While some moms opt to stay home permanently, those who eventually decide to re-enter the workforce can face unique challenges and uncertainties during their job search. With competition for jobs still fierce in our lackluster economy, moms often fear that gaps on their resume will discourage prospective employers from considering them.
The good news: "Being a stay-at-home mom is by no means a resume killer," says Kristin Kelley, chief marketing officer for recruiting firm Randstad North America. The key is to convince prospective employers that you've kept your skills sharp during your hiatus and you're now fully ready to get back to work.