Top Ten Strengths of Workplace Re-Entry Women

So what are the top ten strengths of women going back into the workplace?

Women returning to the workforce often sell themselves short, partly because of society’s view that if you’re not in the paid workforce you are “doing nothing”.

The other part of this equation is because after a few years of dealing mainly with children and duties around the home, many women find own self esteem and self confidence is low as to what they have to offer in the world of work.

But as any savvy employer knows, a woman returning to the workplace brings with her extremely valuable skills and qualities.

Here’s a top ten list of the gifts, the blessings, the strengths that Workplace Re-entry Women bring with them to the workplace ….. whether they know it or not!

1. Multi-tasking:



Any woman running a home and family has to be able to at least 16 different things at one time!

Next time you see young mother in the grocery, with a couple of small children take the time to observe how many tasks she in undertaking at one time. This is skill and half and immensely valuable out in the world.

And that’s all before she gets to the checkout, where neither child wants to wait, and then getting everything and everyone back out to the car.

Traits in writing:

  • Multi-tasking will show in their writing by having medium to largish writing. kids Top Ten Strengths of Workplace Re Entry Women
    • Tiny writing is strong focus on one thing
    • very large writing is no focus at all.
    • So multi-tasking, requiring focus simultaneously on many things, is medium to large writing.

2. Problem Solver, Handling Emergencies, Troubleshooting:

Small problems seem like big problems to small people! Mum has to handle endless ‘emergencies’ and some real ones too, not to mention problems such as how to get the peanut and jelly sandwich out of the VCR (or even worse, the DVD player!)

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what an at home mum has to deal with.

Traits in writing:

  • Thinking processes show in the “m” and “n”.
  • Sharp tops means investigating to find out what’s going on
  • Sharp bases show analytical ability
  • Rounded tops show you’ll gather all the information before jumping to a decision
  • The more upright your writing, the more poise you will be able to bring to this task
  • Empathy shows in rounded formations where two letters join at the baseline.

3. Manager, Initiative, Self Directed:



She manages the family, the house, the meals, and everything else around the home. She has no instructions, no training, and no expert to turn to (unless her own mum)

Traits in writing:

  • Self motivated: if you don’t get yourself going, who will.  Self motivation shows in heavy, strong t-bars.
  • Initiative: sometimes new, difficult or awkward situations arise that you have to deal with.  This shows in a lower case “t” with the t-bar going straight from the bottom of the t-stem, swingingly out to the right.  Almost like a V.  It usually only appears when the “t” is the last letter of a word. (there are also other indications)
  • Dominant suggests someone who takes charge, but with kids, at least small ones, too much authority can be child Top Ten Strengths of Workplace Re Entry Womendetrimental.  So the occasion indication of being dominant might be good.  This shows in downward pointing t-bars.

4. Organized, Inventory Control:

Where is it? How much do we need? Keeping track of everything and anything is her job too. How do we get Jason to softball and Janet to ballet at opposite sides of town at the same time?

Traits in writing:

  • Organization: The ability to be organized shows in a lower case “f”, written in any style, which is divided into equal parts, top and bottom.

5. Creative, Innovative, Lifelong Learner:

Finding ways where no ways have been found before (to mess up the Star Trek saying atrociously!) This needs to be done, how are we going to do it? If there’s something you don’t know that you need to know – you learn it, you create it, you invent it.

Traits in writing:

Creative is a complex trait in handwriting.  For our brief purposes in this article, I will just stick with the traits below, but a true “creative” will have many different traits in addition.

  • Initiative: see #3 above
  • Imagination: The ability to come up with new ideas, shows in the upper loops on l, k and h.  The ability to take an idea, yours or someone else’s and make it work, shows in lower loops on y, j, g.
  • Intuition: Perhaps you function more intuitively than on imagination.  Gaps between letters within script show intituion.
  • Investigative: see #2 above
  • Open minded: Open to new ideas shows in the lower case “e” which has space inside the loop.

6. Money Management, Budgeting:

Whether rich or ‘financially challenged’, money still has to be managed and budgets still have to be maintained. Whether it’s just the weekly grocery bill or when to buy a designer outfit, budgeting is always part and parcel of the job.

Traits in writing:

  • Precision: A lower case “p” with the stem carefully retraced shows precision.kids2 Top Ten Strengths of Workplace Re Entry Women
  • Attention to detail:  You’ve probably heard the phrase, dot your “i” and cross your “t”s.  That is attention to detail.

7. Reliability, Stable, Sense of Responsibility:

Kids trust implicitly, and are totally reliant on mum to be there when she says she will, and take care of what they need taken care of. Even the most unreliable of women become much more responsible when she has a family to take care of.

Traits in writing:

  • Rhythm shows where the writing returns to the baseline with even spacing, so if you draw a dot below each place it touches, your dots will all be evenly spaced.  Rhythm is rhythm of life as well as rhythm in the musical sense.

8. Event Organization:



Ah, those parties. Birthday parties, Christmas parties, picnics, even holidays – mum is in charge of organization, making it fun and getting everything ready and put together.

Traits in writing:

  • Organization: see #4 above
  • Imagination: see #5 above
  • Initiative: see #3 above

9. Mediator, Interpersonal Skills:

Kids fight! Mum has to calm the waters, reinstate order, arrange compromises, and do it all with a very unsophisticated audience who just want what they want.

Traits in writing:

  • Communication: There are many things that go into good communication, far too many to list here.  But being a good listener shows in closed circle letters, a, o, and the circle parts of g and d.  Talking shows in open circle letters.  A good communicator needs a mixture of both.
  • Objective/ Calm:  A more upright slant shows the ability to maintain a calm front when things are going haywire.

10. Coach, Mentor, Teacher:kid3 Top Ten Strengths of Workplace Re Entry Women

Mothers teach by instructing, helping and also by modeling the behavior the want. Mothers can teach people who don’t want to learn it, and get it established as a habit. Now that’s a skill!

Children learn more from their parents than from school – albeit different things most of the time. Never underestimate a mother’s role as a teacher.

Traits in writing:

  • Patience: shown in attention to detail (see #6) and a generally even pressure throughout the writing.
  • And just by being these things above, plus all the other wonderful personality traits and values you demonstrate to your kids daily.

Please note, that if you don’t have a specific skill in your writing, it does not mean you have the opposite!

For example if you don’t see organization in your writing, it doesn’t mean you are totally disorganized.  It just means it’s not a natural gift you have, and you will have to work harder to be organized.  It it’s important to you, you can probably still make a really good job of it!

So there you have the top ten skills.

All are directly transferable into the workplace. There are many more. But this is just taste of the wonderful gifts a workplace re-entry woman brings with her when she goes back to work.

If you are returning to the workforce, make a list of all the, sometimes seemingly mundane, things you have been doing while away.  Now try to think of someone else doing these things.  It is always easier recognize skills and achievements in someone else.  Now with that other person in mind, write down every skill they are using to do these things.

Tasks and skills are different.

A task in a thing you do for a specific outcome.  You drive the kids to sports practice because you and they want them to be involved in this activity.

The skills involved can be used not only in getting them there, but they can also be used anywhere, any time, including in paid work.  This is the concept of transferable skills.

What are the skills involved in driving the kids to sports practice?  Here are just some of them.

  • Organization (you had to get them ready, everything required collected)
  • Time management (you got them there on time, consistently)
  • Communication / Leadership (you spoke to them, got them onside, and the outcome was successful … they got there!)
  • Initiative/ Decision Making (sometimes there were problems, sometimes you had to be creative to work around other obstacles)
  • Forward Planning (the car had enough gas to get you there and back)
  • Ability to motivate others (they didn’t always want to go)
  • Conflict resolution & mediation (they fought!)
  • Team player (you all worked together to make it happen)

This is not even an exhaustive list.  And that’s just got them to sports practice.  Think of all the skills you used on a daily and weekly basis.  There are 100s.

Look at the list above.  Ignore the parts in brackets.

Question: Which of these skills are employers wanting? mom Top Ten Strengths of Workplace Re Entry Women

Answer: All of them!

Don’t feel you have nothing to offer – instead celebrate your wonderful gifts and abilities and share them with the world.

And if you are having trouble deciding what type of work to which you are best suited, here are a some suggestions.

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I wish you Success.

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