Return to work tips for mums

Are you a mum thinking about returning to work after years as a full time mum? You may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed and confused about where to start. You may be thinking; how am I going to find a job? Will I need to go and complete further training? Will I find a job that offers flexibility around family?

Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you navigate this transition:

Leverage off your network 

Speak to family, friends, former colleagues and employers and let them know you are looking for work. You just never know what might present itself and they can also keep an eye out for any opportunities for you. Also speak with other mothers you know who have returned to work and ask for their advice.

Update your CV

Ensure your CV is up to date and any gaps in employment are addressed, including the years you spent as a full time mum. You may want to consider an introduction paragraph to your CV titled Career Profile or Employment Profile. This is where you highlight your key strengths, skills and experiences. If you are applying for jobs across a number of different industries, you might want to consider having more than one CV and tailor your career profile to suit the industry.

Transferable skills

Take some time to think about all of the skills that motherhood has afforded you. Be sure to highlight these in your CV and you can also mention them during a job interview. Skills such as self-discipline, multitasking, sound decisions making and communication skills. Think about how these skills can add value to an employer and how they are relevant to the role you are applying for.

Seek support

There are a number of free resources available online to assist you in writing a CV and cover letter as well as help you prepare for a job interview. The Recruitment Alternative have a dedicated Job Seeker Resource Centre on our website which if full of valuable information. You can access it via this link: https://www.therecruitmentalternative.com.au/job-seekers/

Whether you are thinking of going back to work full time, part time, or even one day a week, do your research, be prepared and connect with people and organisations both online and in person. Speak to Recruitment Consultants and start to build relationships with them. If you are on Facebook, you can connect with us there via this link:

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Good Luck!

Benefits of goal setting

Are you someone who regularly sets goals? Perhaps you’ve never given it much thought, or you might know and see the value in goal setting, but don’t actually schedule in the time to do it.  Setting both personal and professional goals is a great way to set you up for success in these areas and offer a number of benefits. If you are looking at making a significant career change from say administration to IT, or just looking for a new opportunity in a similar industry, setting goals can be a great way to get you to take action.

Let’s take a look at 3 key benefits of setting career goals:

Clear Focus and Intention

It’s one thing to have goals, but do you have them written somewhere where you can regularly revisit them? Having your goals written down and broken into small, short term ones and medium to long term, gives you something to focus on. When you can are clear about what you want, you become more focussed on achieving it.

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” ~ Tony Robbins

Inspired Action

Having a clear vision and something tangible to work towards gives you the drive and motivation to take action towards making it happen. Let’s say you are looking for employment as a receptionist. You are unhappy in your current job and you want to transition into a new role. You are more likely to take steps towards this goal if you write it down and then break it down into small manageable tasks. It can be overwhelming to look for a new job but if you write down a list of things you need to do in order to make it happen, you can work through it step by step.

Aids Motivation

When you map out your goals and can visualise the end result, you will be more motivated to do the work. When setting your goals, ensure they follow the ‘SMART’ principle: that is, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. If you follow this approach, it will help to combat overwhelm and keep you on task when you feel like giving up.

Remember to celebrate your wins along the way as you achieve each milestone and goal. As you write out your goals, think about how you will celebrate once you have achieved it. This will help keep you motivated and on path.

At The Recruitment Alternative, we offer Jobseekers valuable tools to support you on your employment journey. If your goal is to write or update your resume, or refresh your interview skills, we have some great resources on our website via our Job Seeker Help Centre. Come and take a look around: www.therecruitmentalternative.com.au/job-seekers