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How do I reenter the workforce after taking a hiatus to be a parent?

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Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

As a parent, you likely rely on the soft skills employers value.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. tackles your human resources questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society and author of “Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.”

The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

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Question: I took a four-year hiatus from my career to parent full time. I am looking to reenter the work world but wonder if my time away will deter prospective employers. How can I best sell myself as I look to rejoin the work world? – Tyler

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