Throughout COVID, first-hand experiences of what it takes to be stay-at-home parents has lead to a change in career recognition.
The social media platform for global professional networking called LinkedIn has created a new job title. On May 5, 2021 the company was officially 18 years old. Their mission statement continues to be “Connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.” In April the company desired to change with the pandemic and make it easier in the profile section to create a new role for individuals.
Stay-At-Home Parents Receiving Recognition
Within LinkedIn, one can now change their job title to:
- 1. “Stay-at-home Dad”
- 2. “Stay-at-home Mom”
- 3. “Stay-at-home Parent”
By offering these roles, future employees can understand why there may be a gap in someone’s employment history. Coming soon the platform will also be able to add life events such as “parental leave” “family care” or “sabbatical” to their profile. This actually opens up LinkedIn to stay-at-home parents who could not acquire an account. By selecting a “stay-at-home” option, one does not have to indicate a specific company or employer.
Officials have reported that they are “working hard to make sure LinkedIn provides an inclusive experience for everyone.”
LinkedIn can serve individuals who are trying to go back into the workforce. There are job opportunities to view once logged on and networking can assist in finding a job opening. The site now provides news, online courses, and job recommendations as well as the ability to connect and message individuals. For employers, there are capabilities to actually post jobs, advertise and find leads.
Beginning May 24th, 2021 Ohioans who have been receiving jobless benefits will have to start applying for jobs and attending resume-writing classes in order to receive payment. Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services reported the unemployment rate is dropping as the latest data shows it was 4.7% in March 2021.
- Stark county unemployment rate: 5.4%
- Tuscarawas county unemployment rate: 4.5%
- Ashland county unemployment rate: 4.0%
With the presence of social media and websites like Linkedin and Ohio Means Jobs, one is able to more easily find work if needed and stay-at-home parents are being shown respect and acknowledgment for the real work they accomplish daily at home.