Why do these women take a hiatus from work?
There are a variety of reasons but the most common one is to care for others. Raising children and caring for an ailing family member are good examples.
Do returning women take their careers seriously?
Absolutely! We often hear how amazed our corporate partners are at the drive and work ethic returning women have. These women are usually excited about reapplying their brain power to a thriving and challenging work environment.
Is there a risk in hiring someone who hasn't worked for a significant period of time?
There is always risk associate with the hiring process. This is true when hiring college graduates, experienced professionals, or women returning to the workforce. This is why the WBW program encourages hiring on a contract-to-hire basis. This allows employers and women alike to evaluate fit before committing to a full time engagement.
What types of roles are returnee women interested in?
WBW candidates are seasoned professionals in Information Technology, Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, Strategy, Supply-Chain, and more. Most are simply looking for an opportunity to prove themselves. They have fulfilled whatever duty it was that pulled them away from the workplace and are now looking to get back into the workforce in a full-time or contract role where they can contribute and apply their expertise.
Are returnees up-to-date on tools and technologies?
The women who contact WBW are serious about restarting their careers. They often spend the time to figure out what knowledge is needed to land the role they want. In addition, WBW meets with all returnees to ensure they have the necessary skills and provides them with training options when necessary.
Do returnees need extra time off from work?
No. In fact, because returnees have been planning their return to the workplace, they often take less time off once hired. We consistently hear from hiring managers about the amazing work ethic and energy level of returnees.
How does Women Back to Work find returnee candidates?
There are many ways that we source candidates for our program. They include targeted advertising on Facebook and Instagram, partnerships with local mom groups, SEO efforts, media outreach, and good old fashion word-of-mouth. Many returning women belong to online and offline groups and often share their WBW experience with other group members.
Do our managers need any sort of special training when hiring women returners?
Most returners have been out of the workforce for a few years at most. Some less than that. So hiring a returner is very similar to any new hire. There have been instances, however, where returners were out of the workforce for 15 years or more. These returners may need a little extra hand-holding as they adapt to a workplace that is significantly different then what they left. But our experience shows that they are very motivated to learn and adapt very quickly.
Which companies does Women Back to Work currently partner with?
Our partners include Google, Adobe, Cisco, Visa, Accenture, and others.
How do I partner with Women Back to Work to hire returning women?
There are three ways that our partners typically work with WBW. The first is a Full Service Returnship. This option is the most comprehensive and effective way to engage returnees. Next is our Contingent Hire Returnship. Many of our partners choose this option as a way to quickly and easily hire returners on a contract-to-hire basis. The third option is the Direct Hire Returnship option. This option is for companies that are ready to bring returners on as direct employees of their company.
What if I still have questions?
We understand that starting a program to engage and hire returners may be a new undertaking. So if you have questions, we’d love to hear from you. Simply provide your contact information below and we’ll reach out to you.
No question is too small. We love talking about our program and the impact it has on companies as well as the women we help.