If you are planning to go back to work after years of being a stay-at-home mom or gearing up to switch jobs, you need some preparation. First, write a priority list that defines the types of employers and types of jobs you prefer. Prepare a list of potential employers and find out how these companies recruit. Then, make sure that you’re on their list of job applicants.

Getting the right job does not happen out of luck. It is a product of sound and well thought-out preparation. Keep these factors in mind:

Here are more tips on how you can move up the career ladder:

(First published in
Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Money section as "Money Wisdom" in April 2007; adapted for use in Female Network)

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