10 brilliant ways to kick-start your career now your child’s in school
Date Submitted : 14/09/2016
Claire Bowen is the Director of Career & Recruitment Services based in South Wales. Claire has provided an excellent article below which is worth a read.
Waving your youngster off for his or her first day at school is an emotional time.
For many parents, this is also the time the start to think about returning to the workforce.
If you’ve had a break to raise your child, there are a number of excellent things you can do to get back into employment.
Here are our top 10:
1. Decide on your goals.
What sort of role would you like? This could be an excellent time to change track in your career or re-think your goals. Your priorities have changed radically – how does the world of work now fit with your family commitments? You could get help identifying the path you’d like to follow from a qualified career coach.
2. Identify your transferrable skills.
These are the skills you have built up throughout your life – they could have come from your previous employment, or they could also have come from things you’ve learned as a parent.
Parents have to communicate effectively, have excellent organisational skills, and must develop great negotiating skills!
3. Do you want to return to your old career?
If you’ve had a break of a few years, you need to think about whether your former career is still right for you. Ask yourself if you’d still enjoy the job, and whether it has moved on in terms of technology or training. Then, ask yourself whether you have changed in ways which are not compatible with returning to it. Don’t return to your career without examining all your options.
4. Would a temporary job give you some breathing space?
If finances are tight and you need to get a job immediately, would a temporary role suit you while you figure out in which direction you’d like to go? It’s worth considering as a stop-gap. You may find an excellent temporary role covering for someone else on maternity leave.
5. Identify any training needs.
If you have a clearer idea about how and where you’d like to work, you can now analyse whether you need more qualifications or experience for the role you’d like. Do you need to update your IT skills, for example? It’s worth costing out training programmes or seeing if potential employers would be willing to train you in-house.
6. Consider work experience.
If you need to sharpen skills – or learn new tricks – a period of work experience or voluntary work might be a great benefit to you. Some workplaces offer paid work experience to some candidates, so look for those.
7. Re-write your CV.
Focus on where you’d like to be, rather than simply listing your experience and qualifications. Pull out and identify your skills and interests, and find a simple, effective layout. Don’t be frightened to tailor your CV to each role for which you apply. A professional CV writer will help your CV stand out from the pile and make the cut when it comes to interviews.
8. Revamp your social media profiles.
Ensure they’re all up to date with good quality pictures. Prospective employers will be looking through all your social media feeds. LinkedIn is particularly important. Make sure your contact details are all current, and stress your skills and interests. Employers are looking for rounded individuals.
9. Register your CV with recruitment firms.
Simply sending off your CV to employers won’t be the best method of getting you visibility. Recruiters have an important role to play. They often hear about vacancies before they are advertised online or in the media, and they often carry out a first sift of candidates for their clients. A good recruiter will interview you about your background, experience, and interests to ensure you and the role are a good fit.
10. Talk to former colleagues.
They may know about vacancies which are set to come up in the near future. Word-of-mouth referrals from them are also an excellent way of gaining an advantage over other candidates. If they are prepared to recommend you, you are more likely to get an interview.
It’s an exciting time – we wish you the best of luck in your search!
If our expert Claire Bowen could help you with CV writing, career coaching, or via our recruitment business, please call us on 07473 936 416.