It’s a hard decision for every mother to make.
You’ve given birth, weaned your child, helped them with their first steps and listened in awe to their first words. Now, you’re looking at nurseries and wondering whether you should be using those hours away from your offspring to get back on the career ladder. Perhaps you’re even in the position where your family or a nanny can help look after the apple of your eye while you get back to work full time.
In some lucky cases, it will be the right move for you to go back to your previous company, however there are times when it will not be as cut and dried as picking up from where you left off.
At CV-Library we have put together this list of tips to help inform mothers who are looking to get back to work after maternity leave.
Update your credentials
Getting your CV up to scratch is an important first step. It may have been some time since you used it last, so take a critical look over the layout and content – get external help if needed. Use short, concise sentences and format your CV so that it is easy to read. If you have spent some time away from work, fill in the recent gaps with information about personal projects which may be of relevance.
If you know you’ll be off work for some time, why don’t you look into completing a home-based qualification? Perhaps you could partake in some casual volunteering, or exercise your creativity and take on some freelance home working such as writing or research? If you’re able to bulk up your CV with recent, relevant experience this will show that you have been proactive in keeping your brain ticking over. Don’t push yourself too hard, though!
Now’s the time to update (or create) that Linkedin, G+ or Twitter account. By having online visibility it will be easier for potential employers to find you. Similarly, make friends and contacts aware that you’re looking for work – you never know who might know about that perfect opportunity.
Target relevant jobs
Recent studies have suggested that flexible working is not often seen as a bonus to male employees. However, for women, it can be the sweetener in an already great job offer. Being able to work part time or alter your core hours to fit in your children’s schedule can be a godsend. Jobs to look at include Administration roles, Receptionist work, Office Manager positions, Telesales or even Support Worker posts. You may even find yourself job sharing with another mum!
Use job alerts
At CV-Library we know that time is of the essence, particularly for parents. That’s why we invented Jobs by Email and Jobs by Twitter. Sign up for our job alerts, and after letting us know what sort of thing you’re looking for, we will send relevant jobs directly to your inbox – meaning you can get on with your life while the jobs find you!
Job board CV-Library has around 300 part time jobs in the London area alone.