The hours suck, there’s no cute outfits or accessories to be had - unless you consider spit up trendy - but, you do get this adorable little person that calls you Mum out of it! The life of a stay-at-home Mum is no cake walk - literally, there’s no cake.
But at some point whether you need or want too, it’s time to resume adulting and get back into the workforce - it can be kinda scary if it’s been a long hiatus. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to get you back into those killer work outfits and out the door into your new job!
Get Workforce Ready
Review your Brand: You can’t confidently get back into any profession without updating your marketing content. This may be a good time to go introduce yourself to your local employment centre for some resume building tips and strategies to get you working in your preferred job faster.
• Revise your resume, cover letter and references to meet current resume standards. Always be sure to tailor your resume and cover letter to every job you apply too.
• Write the right kind of resume for a stay-at-home-mum. Opt for a functional resume format over chronological as this will not highlight the employment gap. Do add an objective, boast over your volunteer work, mention any relevant courses and discuss your previous jobs in greater detail.
• Update your social networking sites, such as LinkedIn - or create one - if you’re aiming for a job in an industry that requires one. You want to tell your network that you’re ready for employment.
• Develop an elevator pitch; not sure what that is, it’s a couple sentences summarizing who you are and what you’ll bring to the table. Having one prepped before an interview will better prepare you for an interview.
Ease Back In: Before you dive back into full time employment, there are a few things you should tackle off your checklist first.
• Narrow down your job search by knowing what field(s) you’d like to apply too. Do you want any job or are you after rewarding employment in a certain industry? Know the path you seek beforehand so you can cater your resume to your choice.
• If your resume is looking a little light or you’re looking to crack into a new field, dip your toes instead and volunteer. Don’t just commit to a career path that you’re uncertain on.
• Consider part-time, contract or temporary work to ease you back into the working world. If possible, try to work in a field that interests you so you can test out a job you’re considering getting into permanently.
Network: It really is all about who you know. Whether you’re wanting to get back into your former profession or try out something fresh, the best way to get into a new role is to connect with people already in that profession. That means reconnecting with previous employers, reaching out to friends and family or making professional contacts within your ideal field (social media, Meetup.org, drop into businesses and volunteer, etc.). All it takes is one connection, and you’re in!
Whether you want or need to get back to work, it’s time to trade in those spit-up tees and track pants for some chic workwear and get back into the daily grind. Use this guide to help get you started on your way to gainful employment!