Why Women Should Stay Working

The message for working moms from author Samantha Ettus couldn’t be clearer: don’t quit your job because women should work. Always. The author’s controversial new book has already raised some eyebrows among women who have chosen to ditch their careers in favor of becoming stay-at-home moms.

“I have yet to meet a woman who is fulfilled without keeping up her career,” Ettus told a reporter. And a woman might claim to be happy at home without working, “but two glasses of chardonnay in, you’ll find a well of dissatisfaction.”

So if you’re one of the working women who is thinking quitting work to become a stay-at-home mom, listen to why the author believes you should reconsider: your future earning power will decrease. And research shows when you leave the workforce for a year, 18-percent of your earnings disappear. That jumps to almost 40-percent for two years.

Ettus has two career tips for stay-at-home moms who used to work. “Instead of opting out, keep your career in mind.” Don’t tell people that you’re staying at home with the kids. Say you were in marketing and are now at home with your children. You want people to remember you as a professional when the time comes to re-enter the workforce.

And when you decide to work again, choose a company wisely. “If you see a ping pong table, run,” she advises. That’s because you don’t want to work for a company who expects you to spend your leisure there. You need a personal life outside the office.

Samantha Ettus has written a number of books. Her new one—The Pie Life: A guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction—will be published shortly.

Are you a woman who is considering reentering the job market or conducting a job campaign? You might also be interested in reading the chapter titled:  For Women Only, How to Smash Through the Glass Ceiling Without a Head Injury. You’ll discover job-finding techniques that have been designed especially for women only.

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About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.