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Career Advancement for Working Moms


You don't have to be a superwoman to see your career advance while raising kids. You do have to actively manage your career. Think about career advancement from the moment you learn you'll be a mother, through maternity leave and as your children grow. Here's a helping hand up the career ladder.
  1. Becoming a Working Mom
  2. Office Life (and Politics)
  3. Job Search and Networking
  1. Your Rights as a Working Mom
  2. The Executive Suite
  3. Career Resources and Gear

Becoming a Working Mom

Congratulations! You're pregnant or about to adopt a child. Here's what you need to know about becoming a working mom. Plan for the unexpected and let go what you can't control. It's a joyous rollercoaster, so learn from moms who've taken the ride before you.

Office Life (and Politics)

The bliss - or boredom - of maternity leave is over and you're back at work. Some colleagues will be delighted by the baby stories and others will use them against you behind your back. Here's a roadmap to the new landscape of office politics for working moms - and some tips for making the most of your time on the job.

Job Search and Networking

Whether you were laid off or voluntarily sought a new position, job hunting can feel more perilous when you're a working mom. It doesn't have to be. You can even network in your carpool or at your child's soccer game. And knowing that your family relies on your income can make your job hunting all the more targeted.

Your Rights as a Working Mom

As a working mom, you're vulnerable to discrimination but you also have new protections. It's important to understand your new rights as a working mother.

The Executive Suite

Becoming a working mom doesn't rule out advancing to the executive suite. Read about other women who became top executives while raising a family. Their stories will help you navigate the challenges of a demanding career on your path to the top.

Career Resources and Gear

Now for the goodies. Whether it's lightweight electronics that can live in your purse or diaper bags fit for the office, I've tried out the most mouth-watering and affordable products out there. Here's all the gear you need -- and will enjoy -- in combining motherhood with a career.

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