This Woman Returned To Work After 8 Years, And Is Helping Other Moms Do The Same
Resume gaps ain't no thang.
Parenting + working at the same time is damn hard, which is why some people take time off to raise their kids.
But many of those looking to return to their careers after several years have an incredibly tough time, because of competition from millennials and others who *don't* have gaps on their resumes.
Enter: Jennifer Gefsky, a former lawyer who decided to become a full-time mom at age 37.
When Gefsky was ready to return to the workforce after eight years, she had a hard time getting back in, despite her credentials and experience.
"I didn't know where to begin," she said, "and that's when I realized there were a lot of women like me."
So Gefsky and co-founder Niccole Kroll started Après, a LinkedIn-type platform built specifically to help women with gaps in their resume.
According to one study published by the Harvard Business Review, 37% of highly-qualified women leave their jobs for extended periods and, of those women, only 40% find full-time jobs again.
Just 23% find part-time work, 7% are self-employed, and 30% don't return to the workforce at all.
Based on graduation rates, the % of women that opt out, and the % of those women that opt back in, Jennifer estimates that there could be over 3 million women with college or advanced degrees trying to find jobs.
The ultimate goal of Après is to remind employers of the value of women who are overlooked because of their resume gaps.
Most importantly, they'll have access to job listings at companies that are aligned with the website's mission.
The website isn't perfect. You can't filter the positions by location, job type, or experience requirement, but an Après rep said more advanced search features will be available soon.
And what about dads? Après is targeted to women, but all are welcome to join – and some men have already signed up.
Après isn't for everyone – and there are plenty of other female-minded sites that can help you get to the next stage in your career.
Levo League is aimed at supporting millennials in the workplace.
Fairgodboss features company reviews by women.
PowerToFly connects female tech talent with roles that are flexible, remote, or both.
Dress For Success supplies job training and professional interview attire, as well as guidance for upcoming interviews.