Sabbaticals used to traditionally be for teachers and academics, but many companies have also offered them as part of their benefits packages. Thousands of women have seized upon this benefit and exercised their right to this extended leave of absence and are now looking to get back into the workforce.
With the economy improving but with a diminished talent pool, companies are now reaching out to these women. The advantages to a company when hiring them are numerous and can save them thousands of dollars in the recruitment and hiring process.
Women returning to the workforce after a sabbatical have a renewed energy and a commitment to succeed. Because of their communication and relationship-building skills they can reach across that generation gap and mentor young colleagues. Their expectations for an employer are much different than from a young person just starting out. These women are more interested in flexibility of work hours and sometimes being able to work from home.
There are however, some considerations when interviewing someone who has been out of the workforce for a while. Some concerns to address in an interview: keep reading…