Careers Advice

Top Tips for returning to work:

Often met with a mixture of excitement, relief, fear and anxiety – the transition period during the return to work can be an extremely stressful time for parents.

Whether you took time out to raise children, had a career break, or simply need a change of working lifestyle, getting back in the saddle and regaining your confidence in the workplace, can be overwhelming.

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Before firing off that first application, here’s some practical tips to help enhance your chances of landing interviews and securing your perfect role:
  • 1.Before you take the leap back into work, if you haven’t already, it’s important to ask yourself how you will manage the complexity of the new world you will find yourself in. This includes the day-to-day practicalities of childcare and school holidays. Also consider how you will manage if your job requires you or your partner to travel.
  • 2.Be clear on what you can commit to – part-time, full-time or flexible hours. Are there any parts of your job that you can no longer do with the added responsibility of children? What about working from home?
  • 3.Have you sorted childcare? Some nurseries have long waiting lists, others have minimum hours requirements. If you are considering using a nanny, are you prepared for writing their job descriptions and vetting applications? Will your childcare options require nappies, wipes, etc.? Like everything in life, preparation is the key to success and peace of mind.
  • 4.There are going to be times when your little one is unwell or unable to attend childcare. What backup plan do you have (such as grandparents that can collect on your behalf)? It’s best to have the ‘what if’s’ covered in advance.
  • 5.When researching companies to work for, check out company credentials online. Use sources such as LinkedIn to see if you know anyone working for them. Read annual reports, press releases and their social media to get an up-to-date understanding of the company even before you apply, let alone attend interview. At interview, it always creates a great impression if you demonstrate a knowledge of the company.
  • 6.Use online sources such as HireMyMa to network with other working Mums – they can offer great support and guidance, and connect you to like-minded mums also looking for work.
  • 7.Make sure your CV is up to date. Don’t worry about gaps if you have taken time out, think about the skills you have gained during that time from networking, new experiences, working with new groups, along with the relevant skills developed by just being a parent.
  • 8.Make full use of your profile. We offer a range of resources aimed at helping you articulate your experience and skills. Dig out those certificates, fill out or update your CV, take a little time and record that Video CV. It may just be the thing that makes you stand out for all the right reasons!

We welcome your thoughts, questions, ideas and feedback

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