Women who have spent years out of the workforce might think finding quality work from home is a fantasy with little likelihood of coming true.
Two years ago, Gilbert resident Michele Unangst started the website getmymomajob.com as a way to help women find telecommuting jobs with reputable companies.
This way, stay at home mothers could continue to stay at home and get a paycheck as well.
"I honestly, when I started this it was for my own need. And then when I realized there is such a need, that's when I started developing the website you see today," said Unangst.
The website helps mothers get the skills and connections to land a work from home position. Unangst now has 15 employees and thousands of success stories.
"I made it my mission to find true work from home positions and that's what I did," said Unangst. "I couldn't believe there were positions with companies right in our backyard. I mean, Amazon, UHaul, GE."
The website is attracting attention nationwide. One woman in northern Virginia contacted Unangst several weeks back and needed help crafting a quality resume.
"I found out last week she got a job off the resume we wrote her and it's more money than she's ever made," said Unangst.
"It was people like Michelle and her company that got me to the place where I could own and operate Connect 5," said Lisa Napoli.
Napoli runs Connect 5 Family Centers off Warner Road in Chandler. It is essentially a giant indoor playground with party rooms and a Wi-Fi area where moms can get some work done while their kids enjoy some play time.
"They'll rearrange the table to make sure they've got a perfect view of the kids," said Napoli.
She says single, stay at home mothers find themselves in a difficult job that gets little respect.
"I was one of those people who was told, 'oh you can do it. You don't do anything all day.' And I was like are you serious?" said Napoli.
Together Unangst and Napoli have organized an event scheduled for May 29th they're calling a job boot camp. Exclusively for single moms, they can participate in resume workshops and interview skills courses for free at Connect 5.
"Everything is taken care of. I wanted to bring it full circle. They have childcare and a great staff here to watch them. They (moms) can go free and relax and get through the workshops that are going to help them advance," said Unangst.
Additionally, when any of the women participating in the workshop land an interview, Unangst's company is offering two hours of free childcare.
"It's so hard for them being a single mom worrying about how do I go on an interview. What am I going to do with my children?" said Napoli.
Unangst's popularity with the website is growing. She already has events scheduled in Virginia Beach, VA, and Houston, TX this year.
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