Our 5 Tips To Help You Return To Work
Congratulations! You’ve had the baby or babies and are now ready to launch yourself back into your career, don the power suit and the high heels and shimmy back into the workplace. The only problem is that it’s been five years since you left work, your hands start sweating at the thought of it and you feel that your skills will be out of date and irrelevant. Your CV has not been updated in 18 years and your network now consists of other mums at the school gate, your family and the babysitters.
Karen O'Reilly from Employmum has the following advice for mothers returning back to the workforce.
We here at Employmum speak to Mums every day who want to go back to work – one of their major issues centres around lack of confidence – bright, intelligent, educated, skilled and brilliant women who constantly apologise for taking up our time. Why? We think you’re amazing.
Here are 5 practical steps to get back to work and reclaim your mojo:
If you can afford it, get a professional to give your CV the once over – your CV is your marketing tool and is still the most common way to get you in the door for an interview. Make your CV stand out from the crowd and increase your potential to get in front of employers – it is worth the investment. Ask our candidates! We recently helped a lady who had a 15-year gap in her CV – she did a total overhaul of her CV, got the interview and landed a perfect part-time role for herself.
See A Life Or Career Coach
Again, this small investment in yourself can reap huge rewards. A good coach can get your head in the right space and help you find the right direction in this transitional period. I always think of all the money we invest in our children; piano lessons, gymnastic sessions, horse riding, tennis coaching and then when it comes to spending some money on ourselves, we dither, wring our hands and stall. Why is that? Now is the time to invest in YOU!
We have handpicked a panel of coaches that we work very closely with and the results they can facilitate are truly transformational.Once you get to the interview stage, a session with a coach can give you that psychological boost to nail it.
It is true that over 70% of all jobs are filled through networking. There are many ways one can network – let everyone you know that you are seeking to return to work and be specific ‘I am looking for a digital marketing role in West Cork’. Join a local business network, get active on social media, volunteer locally, take part in workshops. No network close to where you live? Then set one up yourself. See our tips on networking here.
It may be the case that your skills need to be updated or refreshed. Did you know that there are many courses out there that are free for homemakers, right up to Level 9 on the NFQ Framework? Even just to have on your CV that you are studying to update your skills is a very positive selling point. Check out SpringBoard Courses near you – many of the courses can be done remotely as well so where you are living should not be a deterrent. We are reaching nearly full employment in Ireland so there is a big push to get homemakers back into the workforce with talent shortages in several areas. It is good time to be looking for work.
These are becoming very popular in Ireland now – they are like an internship programme but for women who are returning to work, usually after a career break to mind their children. The participants are supported by mentors within the company and, where necessary, they are offered training and support. We here at Employmum facilitate the Employmum COMEBACK programme which we run in conjunction with a number of companies. We are currently taking applicants for our COMEBACK Programme for women with a background in STEM.
Employmum is a flexible recruitment agency – it helps professionals find flexible roles – part-time/remote work/job sharing/compressed hours/flexi hours. We are more than a recruitment agency though as we also are supported by a panel of coaches and run free practical workshops for women returning to work.
We recently launched our COMEBACK programmes – returnships for women returning to work after a significant career break. www.employmum.ie