The world is changing though, and women should no longer be afraid to go back to work after starting a family. If you’ve been a stay at home parent and are a little nervous, here is some of our best advice to get you going into the corporate playing field.
Speak To Your Old Boss
If you had a good job before taking time off to spend it with your children, there’s nothing wrong with going back to your old employer. They may be able to offer you your old position or something better! As they already know you, many of us find it easier to do this. You may still fancy a career change, but it gives you time to look while in the security of a job.
If the thought of going back to your old job makes your stomach churn, why not retrain? You don’t have to train for something entirely new; it could just be a chance for you to update your skills. Starting a class or taking a professional qualification will help to boost your chances of getting back into work. Retaining will also show any new employers that you’re more than ready to get back to the office.
Take On A Personal Project
As well as retraining, you could begin a personal project to show off your skills. An individual project is a good idea if you work in a creative industry. Create something, write something or research something that you can talk about in an interview. This way, you’re letting your employer know that you haven’t let your skills go rusty.
Take On Flexible Work
Not all new parents want to go back to full-time work, and there is nothing wrong with that. Flexible working is an option many employers now have. Flexible working means that you may be able to finish later or earlier in the day or work from home. If you’re on the fence about full-time work, consider temp jobs or part-time jobs. This way you have a chance to make sure you’re making the right choice for you.
Update Your CV and Cover Letter
Before you even start to apply for a new job, make sure your CV and cover letter are up to scratch. If you feel confident about what you’re presenting to employers, you’ll feel better about applying for the job. Seek advice if you’re unsure about the quality of your CV or cover letter. It is even possible to speak to a career coach if you’re struggling to get into the right mindset.
The most important thing to remember about going back to work is to be honest. We’re not just talking about being honest with your employer. You must be straight with yourself too. If you have doubts or just don’t feel ready yet, spend time evaluating the pros and cons of going back to work. Of course, also be honest with your employer. Make sure that it’s viable for you to get to work and drop your kids at daycare when needed.
And, don’t ever feel afraid to get back to work after pregnancy, there is something out there that will be right for you.
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