So, how do you get back into work after 7 years out? Any suggestions on a postcard please. There’s a great post about the skills of mums on From Fun to Mum’s blog Are Employers Missing a Trick?….. yes, of course they are. Mums are fantastic, we have so much to offer, AND I’m convinced we have more to offer after we’ve become mums than we did BC (Before Children).
I’m also convinced that many of us lose confidence in our employability and don’t sell these new skills at all well. I’ve added a section to my CV which covers my parenting experience. Here’s a bit of what it says:
“For the past seven years I have been working at home bringing up two young boys. During this time I’ve become a great multi-tasker and have developed a degree of patience I never thought possible. I have also:
- Worked with the local transition towns to promote sustainability in the community.
- Become a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner.
- Run a number of events including a large fundraising craft fair and pop up café.
- Worked on formulating and running the social media strategy for a large festival.
- Learnt the ins and outs of Twitter and Facebook for promotional purposes and built a number of websites in WordPress and other flash platforms.”
(Bear in mind I’ve been out for 7 years). I’ve been talking to recruiters and all of them have said they really like this section because it shows that I’ve not turned into a total nappybrain (I have, but they don’t need to know that). The upshot is, that if you’ve started a blog, become a school governor or joined the PTA, organised a cake sale for the WI or started a new hobby…. let potential employers know… shout it out. If you haven’t, then it might be worth considering doing something so that you can look like you’ve been doing something.
Now, to the nub of the matter, my CV hasn’t got me a job yet – so far I’ve been looking for two weeks and let’s face it, the week commencing the 25th December probably wasn’t the most likely week to get employed in . I’m not expecting to breeze back into employment, I’m not even necessarily expecting to get into employment at all BUT I’m bored and we’re skint, so what I AM expecting is that by the end of this year I will be making some dosh somehow.
I’ll be recording my efforts here and I’d love to hear from any of the rest of you who are looking for a job or starting your own business. Like “From Fun to Mum” I’m not sure that I’m an entrepreneur, but I’m going to be looking at ways to make money on line at the same time as I look for employment. It’ll be interesting to see which one wins at the end of the day…. or at least by the end of the year.