7 Steps for writing a perfect CV
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Career advice for a stay-at-home-mum is essential if you want to get back to work after having a baby. When I left my job to stay at home, I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what my talents really were. I wanted to share this advice so that you know which direction to go in if you want to get your career back on track.
I’ve worked with a lot of mums to help get them back on the career ladder. One of the most common roadblocks I see is “I don’t have skills. I feel redundant.” Well honey, I’m here to say to you – you DO have skills. And lots of them! You’ve learnt a lot of transferable skills that employers love, from creativity to learning to handle stress better.
As lots of employers look for new skills and experience, you can really bring this out in your CV. Instead of just saying that you are on maternity leave or career break from this date to that date (or present), you can detail the skills and experiences you have learnt in order to show that you were “active” during your time off. This is also a good opportunity to showcase any courses or further training that you did.
Also, it's good to realise that "the proportion of working mothers has increased by over 50% in UK since the 1970s" which shows how far we've gone. So its important to believe in yourself and know that there are opportunities out there for you.
One of the most important pieces of career advice for a stay-at-home-mum that I could give is to not rush your job search and plan childcare in advance. Have a good look through the online job boards to see what jobs are available that could work for you. Search not just on job title but also specific skills. You may see a job that you never thought of before but suits you perfectly.
Once you’ve found a job that you think could work, then it’s a good opportunity to think about childcare. Many employers nowadays are open to flexible working but it’s a good idea to think about nurseries etc. so that you have a set-up by the time you start your next job.
If you don’t find a job that suits you, you could think about finding work that you could do from home. This could be anything from creating your own business to becoming a freelancer. I decided to work from home because my two kids are under the age of 3 and I felt that they needed me to be close.
Working from home doesn’t come without its challenges. You have to be prepared to be flexible with your work schedule and seize opportunities to work when your kids are asleep etc. Nevertheless, it can be rewarding to know that you’ve created income organically and be there for your kids.
The single most important thing I wanted to say is – don’t give up! Its easy to become deflated from rejection, but if you stay focused and determined, you will (and I mean it) you will find a job again.
Published: October 1, 2019
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