Whether it’s been for one year or 20 years, it can be daunting for parents returning to work following a break to take care of family.
MatchWorks supports parents returning to employment by providing them with skills, confidence and knowledge to re-start a former career or begin a new career path.
Contact us and discuss your options with a qualified business consultant.
The benefits of working
Getting back into the workforce will:
- improve personal self-esteem and self-confidence
- give a sense of contributing to your wider community
- provide the financial benefits from having a regular income
- help develop fresh social and professional networks
- open opportunities to gain new skills and experience.
Preparing yourself for a new life stage
Start your preparation for returning to work a few months in advance by:
- refining work-related skills and undertaking training courses relevant to your preferred job role
- volunteering for community and not-for-profit organisations
- meeting with friends or former work colleagues to talk about what has changed in the work environment since you left
- searching job advertisements in your chosen field to see what skills and experience potential employers are now looking for.
Looking for parent-friendly jobs
Most employers will consider flexible working arrangements to cater for staff with younger children. However, some roles may not be suitable due to the working hours or conditions required.
MatchWorks’ consultants can assist in connecting you with employers and jobs most suitable for return-to-work parents.
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Getting your resume ready
Preparing an effective resume for your job search is easier than you may first think. While you don’t want to list ‘home duties’ as part of your employment history, you can highlight your more recent achievements:
- list skills you’ve developed while raising a family as personal strengths such as flexibility, multi-tasking and improved listening skills
- include volunteer work or details of community groups or parent associations in which you’ve participated
- outline training courses you’ve attended and detail qualifications you’ve achieved.
Managing your new work-life balance
Getting back into the workforce will require some changes on the home-front. However, forethought and planning will ease the transition:
- create a weekly planner to help manage household tasks and responsibilities
- have pre-prepared meals you can freeze and then serve during the week
- set up school drop-off and pick-up rosters with fellow parents to share the load
- keep a diary with you at all times so you know both your work and family commitments and appointments.
If you need more assistance MatchWorks’ Destination Work program is for mature-aged job-seekers looking to re-enter the workforce. Talk to us about how this program can help you.