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Work Life; Post-Kids
If you’re anything like me; it can be terrifying to think about going back to work after having children. I mean, watching Peppa Pig on repeat and surviving on left over Turkey Dinosaurs aren’t the types of “transferable skills” I thought employers would be interested in! And the thought of engaging in actual “adult” conversation with “business types” seemed totally overwhelming, am I right?…Read More
Ok, ok; so we know that Apprenticeships haven’t always had the best reputation but, word on the street has it that, Apprenticeships and Work-Based learning are back on trend *GASP*.
More and more young people are opting out of the Uni pathway to follow a more vocational route into their chosen career; so why are some employers still not on board?…Read More
Ever feel like, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to land an interview? We have all, at some point, been on the job market, so why does it seem that some people can land a job within days and yet others search for months with no luck? Could it be your CV that is letting you down?…Read More
If you're anything like me; it can be terrifying to think about going back to work after having children. I mean, watching Peppa Pig on repeat and surviving on left over Turkey Dinosaurs aren't the types of "transferable skills" I thought employers would be interested in! And the thought of engaging in actual "adult" conversation with "business types" seemed totally overwhelming, am I right?
I always found the thought of re-entering the working world daunting; I didn't feel I lacked confidence but I always felt that I didn't have much to offer and I had no idea where to start or what I wanted to do! I had previously worked in Hospitality and knew that wasn't an option going forward (serving other people wine whilst sober...yuk!) but with no experience in anything else who would actually give me a chance to prove myself?
Start with friends and family- Ask around to find out if there any jobs available and what skills you might need to fulfil the role. A lot of employers will hire based on current employee recommendations so it's a great place to start.
If you need to retrain there are lots of free and low cost online courses to get you started and local Colleges and Training Providers are a good source of information on what courses are available.
Volunteer- Volunteering is a great way to add experience to your CV and help you gain the valuable skills that employers look for. Have a look online or in your local paper for volunteering opportunities and give them a call. Charities and local businesses are always on the look out for an extra pair of helping hands.
Write a great CV- You might think you don't have anything to put on a CV but, you're wrong! Employers want to see your key skills and experience so adding these are a top priority. We all know that being a good parent is hard work and requires super human abilities at times; use this as a starting point- Organisation, multi-tasking and working under pressure are three great transferrable skills you can include within your CV, for other CV tips read our blog post "Is your CV up to scratch".
Covering Letter- When applying for jobs it is really important to write a covering letter; this should include extra information about your experience, skills, qualities and reasons you feel you would be a great candidate for the role. This is not a time to be modest; if you feel you are great at something- tell them!
CALL THEM!- This can be the scariest part but, the more you engage with Recruiters and Employers, the more confident you will become. If you have applied online or via email to a job you think you would be great at, CALL THEM! Calling the Hiring Manager or Recruiter to discuss the role in more detail will not only help you, it will also put you at the forefront of their minds, making it more likely to out you forward for interview.
Be Prepared- If you land an interview; be prepared. Look into the company in detail and make notes to take along with you; this will show the interviewer that you are organised and have done your Research. Know what you are going to say, how you want to present yourself and prepare answers to common interview questions.
Most Employers and Recruiters are open and friendly and, if you ask, will offer you advice on how to better your CV and gain the skills that will make you stand out from the crowd. If you are worried about taking the first steps into the business world and would like some honest, friendly advice get in touch- firstname.lastname@example.org.