Why are there no well-paying part-time jobs for educated, somewhat intelligent women who happen to want to dial back their career a notch or two so they can tend to their children but still make some coin? I recently found one (it has "manager" in the title!) and applied but they haven't called. Granted, this was like 10 seconds ago. But I assume when my resume comes across the wire Human Resources calls an emergency meeting and shouts things like, "You call her! I'll e-mail her! Someone get in their car right now and show up at her house! Don't let this one get away!" People, my resume is that good. Or so it should be after paying TheLadders.com a hefty sum to make me sound much more impressive than I really am.
When I was discussing a return to work toward the end of maternity leave and indicated I didn't want to be in the office full time, they offered to let me work four days per week with a 20 percent pay cut. As the now-vindicated Wes from The Bachelorette said, "I was born on a Tuesday, but it wasn't last Tuesday." Because in those situations you might be working one day less, but I can assure you you're still doing the same amount of work, just shoved into four days. Unless they are hiring someone to work that one extra day. Which they never do. So I took my ass on down the road to an early, if temporary, retirement. And I'm thrilled it played out like it did and I've gotten to spend the majority of my time doting on my children who will either someday be better for it or wind up in jail. (I only intend to take the credit on the former scenario.) Plus, physically I don't think I could have worked even part-time, woken up multiple times a night for feedings and lived to tell about it.
But now two years later I'd be open to a part-time job with a pared down salary if such a job existed. And I know tons and tons and tons (okay, like three) other women who are in the same predicament. So the question is why aren't there more opportunities for meaningful, well-paying, part-time employment? The only women I know who seemed to find that negotiated a flexible arrangement with their employers following maternity leave. Or they are in a medical field like nursing that lends itself to part-time work. I hate blood. That wouldn't work for me.
My point? Well, I don't necessarily have one. That's what I like about not working. Nobody can come over to my blog and tell me to revise it because it's not to their liking. Well, they could, but I'd tell them to #@$% off.
In the meantime, I will sit by my phone, my computer and my front door waiting for the flurry of activity that surely this company's entire personnel department is going through right now to reach me.