How to Help Working Moms Affected by COVID Job Loss

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Playing Many Moms Had to Choose Their Kids or Their Jobs during Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone, but it has been especially hard on working mothers.

The Doctors are joined by Congresswoman Katie Porter and career expert Dorianne St. Fleur to share tips for moms looking to get their careers back on track.

Congresswoman Porter notes women have been disproportionately affected by job loss during the pandemic and they are often the last to recover, noting issues like having to be home with children for remote schooling, the closure of daycares, and says industries many moms worked in were particularly hit hard. She also notes this issue is even worse for women of color and low-income women. Congresswoman Porter explains these factors can affect women getting a promotion and being able to save for retirement. 

To help women and mothers take control of their careers and jobs, Dorianne says women need to "master their storytelling, their personal branding, and networking skills" in order to land and thrive in their dream job. 

If you are just starting out in your job search, she says you need to be "crystal clear" on what you want your next job to be and she uses the acronym "D.R.E.A.M." to help guide this search. She says job seekers need to take their time to reflect on what they need from a job to succeed in each of these categories. 

  • D - development
  • R - relationship
  • E - environment
  • A - acknowledgment 
  • M - money

She says industries like technology, healthcare, and virtual education are seeing growth and have job opportunities. When explaining why you were out of work due to the pandemic, Dorianne says to keep it brief and to the point and to not worry about going into great detail about being laid off or losing your job.

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