A couple of years ago, I found myself in a most unfortunate position – facing redundancy. It was quite an unpleasant and scary time, having not applied for a job in decades and certainly not since I had become a parent.
I think returning to work after you’ve had a child must be one of the trickiest things to negotiate, unless you have a really helpful employer. Unfortunately many women experience difficulties and it’s especially hard if you are starting out again from scratch. When it comes to putting together your returning to work resume or CV it can be hard to know where to start.
Today I thought I’d share a few of my top tips if you find yourself in the position of having to look for new work:
- Think about what you need or want from a job i.e. do you want flexible hours, an opportunity to climb the ladder, learn new skills and also think about you have to offer – not all skills need to be professionally gained – you could have had a hobby or volunteer role that has widened your skills.
- Research prospective employers – talk to friends and acquaintances who may know of companies that are more sympathetic to returners or those looking for more flexibility. Word of mouth is good! Identify companies you’d like to work for and make contact to see whether there are likely to be any vacancies in the near future.
- If you’ve got gaps in your CV then consider using a functional CV format rather than a chronological one. List your skills and achievement and make sure to mention any other experience or skills you might have gained through volunteer roles.
If you are really struggling with your resume or CV then do consider hiring an expert to look over it and help you rewrite it to maximise your success and getting past the first hurdle – the CV sift. It’s not normally a huge investment but can be well worth spending a few pennies on!