CV's have changed since you last looked for a job. Trust us.
These days you won't get onto the interview short-list by simply listing your basic job functions. Employers are not interested in your responsibilities, what you do from day to day. Employers want to know the value that you are bringing to the table. They want to know your successes, how you contribute to the organisation, how you show initiative, what makes you different from other candidates, and above all, how will you will meet their needs. That’s what they want to see.
So how do you go about showcasing your value?
It’s 2016 and the good news is that employers are more informed than ever about the benefits of work flexibility. They know now through research that employees who enjoy work-life balance are happier. And this in turn translates into better morale, a better work environment, and ultimately more committed and productive workers. In fact, to attract and hold on to top talent, offering workplace flexibility is almost mandatory in today’s workplace climate. Best of all, research shows that when workplace flexibility works it’s a win-win for both employee and employer.
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Now that the kids are back at school, I know a lot of mums will be ramping up their job search efforts.
As a career consultant, I field a multitude of job search questions every day, so today I thought I would share my answers to the 4 questions I most commonly get asked by return-to-work women looking to find that ideal, family-friendly role.
After the long summer break, the kids are back to school next week. Are you ready to jump back into work and make the most of the last four months of the year to get you where you want to be?
The women I work with know I'm a big fan of 90-day action planning. Whether you're looking to discover a new career direction, make a smooth return to work after maternity leave, or start your own business, having a concrete plan in place will give you the focus and motivation to accomplish what you set out to achieve.
Maybe you’re a mum that is taking a few tentative steps towards returning to work after a long career break. Or maybe you are just finally listening to that little voice that has been long telling you to that chase that dream job.
I have not only seen the challenges that women seeking a career change face in my work as a career consultant, but I’ve lived it too. I took a career break to look after my two young sons, and also relaunched my career when I felt it was time, so I know first hand how it can be daunting.
It can be tough working out what to do about the gap on your CV between employers if you’ve been on maternity leave or staying at home to raise a family. Do you explain the gap, hide it or ignore it? Here's the advice I give to my Clients when faced with this challenge:
1. Be bold
You don’t have to apologise for taking time out for maternity leave, or staying at home with the kids. You have nothing to hide, so be bold and confidently mention the time you have taken out of work on your application documents whilst describing your eagerness to jump back into the workforce.
You don’t have to make a big feature of your career break, something along these lines included in your cover letter or Career Summary/ Professional Profile at the top of your CV should do the trick: “Eager and fully ready to transition back into the workforce after taking time off to raise a family”.
Getting back into the working world following a career break is definitely not easy but it is achievable and with enough preparation and determination, you will find a fulfilling role that enables both you and your family to be at your best.