Returning to work after having children

Here is our 5 step guide on how to successfully re-enter the workplace, after having taken a career break to be a full-time mum.

1)     Have a plan

Have a clear idea of what you want to do, what fits around the family, and then target your CV accordingly. For example, if you want school hours only, the place most likely to meet your needs is a school. Therefore, focus your CV on childcare and the supported learning you do with your own kids. Add why you are particularly interested in this field of work and anything else relevant to that.

If you find writing your CV something of a challenge, don’t panic! We can either send you a CV template to follow or schedule you an appointment with one of our associate CV writers, who can help you create the perfect CV!

2)     Recruitment Agencies

Once you have your plan and a fantastic CV, the next step is to register with a reputable recruitment agency to help you in your search; they will have access to new job postings that haven’t even been advertised yet so you can get your CV in ahead of the crowd! They will also be able to offer you advice and help you prepare for interviews. Temping is also a great way to get back into the workplace; it can help you polish up on your skills and can sometimes lead to a full-time placement. They are also an excellent source for obtaining references you may need in the future.

3)     Work social media

Research shows that women returning to work are just as likely to find a job through their own contacts, then through a recruitment agency. This is not only limited to old work colleagues but your wider circle of friends and even those mums you might have a quick chat with at the school gate! So network, join Facebook groups, re-connect with LinkedIn, and follow organisations that interest you.

4)     Get your home life in order

Returning to work will not just impact you; it will also have an impact on the other members of your family – they will need to do more! It’s time to organise, schedule and delegate! Make sure that everyone is clear on their responsibilities at home. Not just who does the shopping, but who is taking the kids to school, emergency contacts, who is going to take time off if one of the kids is sick and who is going to keep on top of the laundry!

5)     Don’t limit your search

Apply for full-time positions as well as part-time ones. Roles are often open to negotiation for the right candidate, and more businesses are becoming supportive of the concept of flexible hours.

Start the conversation with what you can do, not what your limitations are (no one wants to hear about your complex childcare arrangements). Position your skills and experience and convince them that you are the perfect candidate for the job. You are now in a strong position to negotiate flexibility. However, make sure that the flexibility you are asking for works both ways; give something back to your employer as and when you can.

Here at CareerJuice, we are committed to helping parents get back into the workplace. If you need any support, help or advice, we are only a phone call away.