Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

How Mom Designers Can Rebuild A Portfolio After a Career Break:

Come back stronger as a designer mom!
By Expert Tips
Date: March 14 2023
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Are you a mom designer looking to get back in the game after a career break? It can be tough, so you may feel apprehensive, which is perfectly normal. But don't sweat it because you aren't alone. According to a LinkedIn survey, 62% of global employees have taken a career break, while 64% of women have done it.

That's a lot of talented professionals who'll probably want to re-enter the job landscape, just like you. It means massive competition, which makes a comeback even harder. But we've got some great tips to rebuild your design portfolio to help you land your dream job after a hiatus. So ladies, let's show the world what you're worth!

Stay relevant with the latest trends

Just because you've taken a mommy break doesn't mean you can't stay up-to-date with the latest trends in your field. In fact, you keep yourself relevant to stay employable as a design professional. 

Follow industry blogs and social media accounts, attend events, and take online courses to keep your skills relevant to the job landscape.

Update your portfolio 

Designers require an impressive portfolio to showcase their work to potential employers and clients. When it comes to your portfolio, think of quality over quantity. You need not show every design project you've ever done. 

Instead, be strategic and present your best and most recent work. If you've been out of the game as a mommy on break, consider taking on freelance assignments or volunteer projects to add to your portfolio.

Look for opportunities at the right places

Jumping back into the workforce is daunting, no matter how skilled and talented you are. You may come across rejections during the job hunt, but don't let them dishearten you. Looking for opportunities at the right places is the way to go. 

For example, checking dedicated designer job listings gives you better chances of landing a job according to your skills and expectations. You can skip the frustration as well. 

Network like a boss 

Undoubtedly, networking plays a significant role in career development. In fact, it's even more important for professionals trying to get back into the job market after a career break. 

Reach out to former colleagues, connect with domain experts and recruiters on LinkedIn, and join online design communities. You never know who might help you find a job opportunity or refer you for a position.

Find optimal work-life balance 

As a mom designer returning to work, you will probably have unique priorities and responsibilities. Look for an optimal work-life balance to ensure a smooth comeback regardless of your mommy duties. 

Consider flexible work arrangements, such as part-time work or a remote job. Be upfront with potential employers about your expectations and needs.

So there you have it, boss mommy! Try these actionable tips to help you return to the game as a mom designer. Rest assured, it's never too late to follow your passions and advance your career, even after a break. A little effort and resourcefulness can open the doors for you sooner than later. Good luck!

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