Originally Posted by KatWrangler
What is so frustrating is I can only imagine the pay is gong to be horrible. By the time I pay daycare, gas, tax, loss of food stamps, I won't make anything.
Then I think the question is *why* are you going back to work.
If you are doing it to improve your immediate financial status then you need to really run the numbers to see if there is a cost/benefit to working. In many cases what you take home could be eaten by the hidden costs of working. Its not just daycare costs like you said but transportation's costs, potentially having to upgrade your wardrobe, potentially relying on more ready made/packaged foods, etc.
However there are lots of of other "benefits" to working than just the paycheck and the take home pay. Potential medical/dental benefits, potential 401K, building a work experience base so that as your kids grow you can start to build a career which in turn can lead to more $$, more opportunities, building personal credit, networking. Then there is adult interaction, sense of pride in accomplishment, providing for your family financially. Some of these thing might be important to you, other may not.
The implications of going back to work is so much more than just money even when the decision is financially based. It may cost a lot in in the short term but depending on your long term goals it could be worth it.
I do agree with the PP tho. Focus on what you have been doing, not what you haven't.
Make sure to do your research on every potential job. What is the company like? The culture? Has any technology changed?
Google resumes, resume writing, sample resumes. That will give you good ideas.
Monster and the like have lots of great info on interviewing skills.
Let everyone you know that you are job hunting- your family, friends, your grocery, your librarian. Networking can happen anywhere.
Get your references in order. Is your old boss still at his job? Co workers? Clients? Let them know too so not only can they network with you but are prepared to get the call.