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Post-Maternity Resume Tools

'The Pregnancy Pause' Helps Moms Return to the Workforce

— May 15, 2017 — Social Good
'Mother New York’s' new resume tool, 'The Pregnancy Pause,' helps moms return to the workforce post-maternity leave.

It can be difficult for moms to explain gaps in their resume from maternity leave to new employers. The US federal government only allows for 12 weeks of unpaid leave after giving birth, forcing many mothers to quit their job after giving birth. This leaves a gap in their resume that can be hard to explain. Many employers stigmatize resume gaps, even those for maternity leave. This can put undue pressure on new mothers who already pressured enough.

To fill this gap, Mother New York developed a resume tool. It have created an official job title on LinkedIn called 'Mom' that can reference the Pregnancy Pause. Should an employer have any questions about this role, they are able to call the Pregnancy Pause for further explanation. This resume tool helps de-stigmatize maternity gaps and legitimizes motherhood as a job. While it may seem intuitive, the Pregnancy Pause elevates mothers from having a difficult and sometimes uncomfortable conversation surrounding their time off.
Trend Themes
1. De-stigmatizing Maternity Gaps - Developing tools or resources that help mothers return to the workforce after maternity leave while de-stigmatizing gaps in their resumes.
2. Legitimizing Motherhood as a Job - Promoting motherhood by creating official job titles on platforms such as LinkedIn that reference maternity leave and offer descriptions of a mother's role duties, qualifications and achievements that has been achieved during this period.
3. Creating Work Opportunities for Mothers - Creating job positions and programs specifically for mothers who want to return to work after the maternity leave and have resources to facilitate their careers.
Industry Implications
1. Human Resources - Providing HR solutions that offer resources for mothers who are returning to work post maternity leave.
2. Recruiting and Staffing - Offering recruiting and staffing solutions that cater to women who are looking to return to work after their maternity leave period.
3. Career Coaching - Providing career coaching services that specifically cater to mothers who are looking to re-enter the workforce.
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