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8 Smart Tips for Re-entering the Workforce After a Career Gap

   

Own it and get back out there.

An estimated 5.5 million women have exited the workforce in the past year (with some already referring to this professional exodus as the first-ever "she-cession"). Many female professionals didn't have a choice to remain at their jobs since closed schools and daycares limited childcare options for families. Though this has been the case across industries and ethnicities, women of color have been most significantly impacted since they're overrepresented in the retail, childcare and leisure industries—some of the industries hit hardest by COVID-19, says Cate Luzio, the founder and CEO of Luminary, a career advancement platform.

In fact, Luzio shares a startling statistic: Women's participation in the labor force is at its lowest level since 1988. "In less than one year, women have lost labor force gains that took three decades to build," she continues. "If we don't get women back to work faster, and appropriately, all of these factors will cause long-term impacts on the gender progress we've made and a slower economic recovery."

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