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No matter your personal circumstances, applying for jobs can be difficult. However, if you are a ‘full-time mum’, who has to contend with raising children, keeping your house in check, and ensuring that you also find time for yourself – applying for jobs can sometimes seem impossible, especially when the process if so lengthy.
However, being a mum doesn’t mean you can’t be a boss. It doesn’t mean that you can’t return to work. It doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your goals. You can easily be a mum boss, but first, you need to make it through the application process. Here are some top tips for searching for and applying for jobs as a mum!
- Rewrite your CV.
If you’ve taken some time out of work, chances are your resume will need updating. Either way, you must alter your resume for each job you apply too, ensuring that you tailor it to best match the job specification. When writing a CV, here are some things to remember:
- Be clear and concise
- Only list relevant jobs and qualifications
- List key skills
- Ensure that it looks clean and professional
- Check for spelling/grammatical errors
- Search smartly for job openings.
Google can be your best friend when applying for jobs, however, simply throwing in a keyword related to your chosen career is going to bring up thousands upon thousands of openings. However, they may be from across the other side of the world, meaning that unless you’re planning on a lengthy commute, they aren’t the right job for you.
Thankfully, there are plenty of resources online, such as Practice Match, which helps those within the healthcare industry find their next job. For example, you can use Practice Match for a critical care openings list and then scroll through the available positions until you find your perfect match.
- Set Aside Time To Apply
Finding time for yourself, as a mum, is difficult. You spend near enough every waking moment with your children, so even getting a bit of me-time is difficult. However, if you are applying for jobs – it’s important that you set aside the necessary amount of time you need to complete an application thoroughly and to the best of your ability. If you rush an application, you may omit important information or fail to make a strong impression on the employer.
Therefore, set aside a short amount of time each day, perhaps 10-20 minutes, to work on an application, with the intention of sending it off at the end of the week. Remember to pay attention to application closing dates when planning!
‘4) Think about your interests and passions
After having children, your life changes in many surprising ways. You might find that things that used to seem so important, no longer matter. As a result, your career goals, interests, and passions may have changed. If so, it is important that you pursue them. You don’t have to return to your previous industry if it no longer excites you. It is important that you love what you do.