Many people give up on their careers when kids come into the picture. The pitter-patter of tiny feet takes priority over the daily commute and the next few years are filled with the joys of parenthood. Job hunting takes a back seat, but when the kids come of age, it may be time to get back out into the workforce. This can seem like a daunting prospect, especially when the resume hasn’t been filled in for a while, and the competition for jobs is higher than ever.
Still, it is possible, and many people successfully navigate their way back into the job market.
If you have decided to go back to work after years of raising the kids, here are some tips you will find useful.
Update Your Resume
You may not have been in employment for a while, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t picked up any useful skills. As a parent, you will have picked up some valuable skills, including time management and negotiation (remember when you had to get the kids to bed?), so don’t let that blank space on your resume frighten you.
Transfer Skills Into Job Ideas
Having looked at the skills list linked above, you may come up with ideas for employment. For example, having run the house for several years, you may be well-suited for work as domestic household staff. Alternatively, put your childcare skills into practice and consider teaching, nursing, or social work. There are plenty of options available to you, so think outside of the box when looking for your next career.
If you’re not quite ready to get back into the workplace, self-employment is a good idea for many. We talked about setting up a cake business on this site, but there are many other ways you can earn money without leaving your house. While you do have the skills to get back into the workplace, working from home is a good idea if you don’t (yet) have the qualifications to compete with graduates and young professionals.
Return To School
If you are keen to return to a particular career, you will probably have to return to education. Certain jobs demand it of course, although you can also brush up on a few basic skills to add to your resume. If there are still demands on your time as a parent, there are plenty of online courses available, many of which can be done for free. Think about the jobs you are interested in and look for the courses that match. The job market is competitive so improving your employability is a must.
Spread The Word
While you should still spend time perusing the job ads, do yourself a favour and broadcast your availability for work. Social media is great in this respect, and you may have somebody amongst your legion of friends who can give you the leg-up onto the employment ladder that you need. You have probably heard the phrase ‘It’s not what you know but who you know,’ and this is true when finding work. Be it a Facebook friend or a friendly neighbour, speak to people and see your job prospects open up.
For further advice, speak to a careers guidance service or source information online. Returning to work is challenging, but you can do it. Not only will it help you financially, but you will probably be in need of some adult company after years of raising the kids! So, get out there and find out what’s available. Good luck!