Returning to work after time spent looking after relatives or just looking to get back on the ladder? This advice could make the difference.
Whether it’s straight from maternity or paternity leave, or getting back in the swing after raising kids full-time, the idea of returning to work can be a daunting prospect.
There are some ways, however, to ease the transition – and recruitment expert Danny McIntyre has some top tips for parents looking to get back into the workplace.
Danny McIntyre, chief executive of Primestaff, has this to say if you’re thinking of taking up the job hunt in the near future …
Stay in touch
If you are taking an extended break from work, try to keep in touch with people from the industry. Social media platforms, especially LinkedIn, are ideal for keeping up to date with what is going on and connecting with potential employers.
Consider training courses
Initiatives such as the Independent Learning Account (ILA) are designed to help support adult education and learning. These can help build confidence and allow you to update skills to get work ready.
Don’t let a long break from the world of work get your confidence down. Things will be different, but a willingness to learn will have you back up to speed in no time.
Take your time
It might be a bit overwhelming to start with, especially after leaving your baby. Keeping in touch days are great as they break you in gently.
Embrace your new situation
Don’t feel guilty for leaving the kids and try not to spend all your time at work talking about them.
Ease yourself back in to work
Look at the possibility of part-time work to build confidence. Temporary roles are also an ideal route to gain experience in different environments, and can help you to build your C.V.
Do your research
Having a young family sometimes means your work needs to change. Research jobs and companies often allow shift flexibility to accommodate your new role as a parent. Certain employers will offer benefits such as Childcare Voucher schemes, which can save a lot of money when considering childcare options.
Being a parent is the hardest job you will ever have. You will have developed a set of skills which have been kept up to date the whole time you have been away from work. Your diary and time management is no doubt impeccable, while you’ll have learned lots of negotiating and budgeting skills. You’ll have done all this while cleaning, cooking and being at the beck and call of your child. These skills you have honed are just as important to your career, and this job is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, not just nine to five. Don’t devalue these skills because they weren’t learned in an office or a workshop.
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