Being a “Stay-At-Home-Mum” doesn’t necessarily mean you have to actually stay at home all the time. Lots of mothers choose to spend their time on different sorts of activities. Whether those activities mean baking, DIYs, or even re-entering the work field, mothers are independent women that can multitask like no others. In fact, very often mothers that choose to join the workforce again are highly sought out by businesses thanks to their strong and self-reliant characters. Even finding and starting an entirely new career can be easy and do-able, and here are five pointers to get you started.
Define your interests: Whatever the amount of time you’ve been out of the job world, you have probably explored different hobbies and activities. Start from the ones you liked the most, and you go up from there. It may also be the case that you put your career on hold before your SAHM moment, and if that’s the case, you could simply start again from where you left off. Instead, if you don’t know where to start, you have all the more possibilities and fields to discover; and the more, the merrier. Talking to friends and family can also be a smart way of getting back to work, and discussing your aims and goals out loud can help you identify your interests even better.
Look online: Once you’ve figured out what your passion is, finding a physical starting point is very simple. The job search can be confusing, but with today’s resources and tools, a SAHM can be sure to find a spot if persistent enough. Contacting a recruiter, networking with those around you, and looking for part-time or contract based jobs is important, and will help you ease your way back into the job world. In particular, looking for jobs online through sites like uk.jobrapido.com can also help you narrow down your pursuit, especially if you’re searching for jobs in larger cities such as nearby Birmingham.
Work on your resume: Once you land your first interview, bringing along a well-put resume is very important – both for you and for the interviewer. Being able to list all your qualities and abilities helps the recruiter understand where you’re coming from, and, more importantly, where you plan on going. Make a list of all your various experiences (paid or unpaid) and also include that you worked as a SAHM during your leave from the working world. Also remember to have a cover letter with you where you can talk about yourself a little more by including the soft skills (so work-related personality traits) and why you think the position you’re interviewing for is right for you.
Practice your interview: Most of the times, before you get a job you’ll need to meet with someone for a face-to-face conversation. As a SAHM, you probably have an advantage in terms of your communication skills. Nonetheless, because you won’t be talking about your children much, practicing your interview skills is a good way to get used to these types of conversations again. Informational interviews are a good place to start, and sitting down in front of a person you feel comfortable with, and simulating a work interview, could be a great way of facing the actual future conference you’ll have for your job.
Take it easy: Getting used to a world you’ve been away from is not simple, so one of the most important things to remember is that there’s no rush, and that taking it slow will only pay off later on. Going about it in a step-by-step manner and focusing on what you really want to pursue will allow you to understand yourself and what you want to achieve for the future. Ask for help when you need it; connect with the people around you; learn what you’re best at; and get back on the horse like you mean it.
Know that everything will turn out for the best, and that whatever field you plan on entering again will only benefit from your presence. Take this time as your own, and think of where you’d like to be in the future. After all, remember that you’re a SAHM – you can do anything.