Top 5 Tips for Return-to-Work Parents
Returning to work after taking time out to raise a family need not be a daunting step with our top tips helping mums and dads get back on the career ladder.
- How to Fill that Gap in Your CV
So, you’ve taken a few years out to raise children but how do you make that gap in your CV look good to employers? In the care sector, all the skills you’ve honed as a mum; patience, compassion, understanding, organisation, are huge selling points! List them under the title of “Raising Children” or “Being a Mum of two daughters” and rather than trying to hide it, be proud to shout about your hard work.
- Start Part-time
With childcare issues, many return to work mums feel it’s not logistical to take on a full-time job – particularly while the children are still young. But there are plenty of sectors that offer flexible days and hours, care being one of them. Clare O’Neill, manager of Ashbrook Court Care Home in Waltham Abbey tells us “We are eager to welcome return-to-work parents to our team, they have all the qualities we look for and we can offer flexible working hours.” Reassuring words to hear. Also, a lot of employer offer a “0 Hour” or “Bank” contract which means you don’t need to commit to working a certain number of hours a week and you can ease yourself back into working.
- Let Them See You– Not your Title of ‘Parent’
Never be embarrassed of taking time out to start a family – yet equally know when to talk about your children! If there has been a gap in employment that needs explaining, there’s no need for a long explanation in your covering letter; let your carefully built CV do the talking. Get your foot in the door first, bag that interview and let them fall in love with your passion for the job before explaining your family commitments. From your CV to your interview, focus on the positive skills you have and what you can bring to the role.
- Don’t Let Childcare Put You Off
With childcare costs eating a huge chunk of your wage, most parents presume it’s pointless even considering going back to work, but there is so much help on hand now from the government. You are entitled to 30 hours free childcare a week for 3-4 year olds, if you work 16 hours a week you are entitled to Income Support, and HMRC even provide a tax relief if you wear a uniform to work (e.g. nurse or carer.).
- Be Open to New Career Paths
There are so many sectors now that provide on-the-job training without requiring previous experience or qualifications. Telesales, domestic work/ housekeeping, and careers in care are amongst many who simply look for people with the right aptitude and can-do attitude.
If you would like to discuss the benefits of starting a career in care, as a leading Care Home in Waltham Abbey who welcome return to work parents, we would be happy to advise you on the next steps to take. Feel free to call our friendly team on: 08006129771 or check out our jobs page here.