Going back to work as a Mum can be exciting and daunting all at the same time as you get to recreate your work identity, but at the same time the Mummy instincts kick in and leaving your child becomes one of the scariest experiences of your life. So what do you do? Here are 3 handy tips to help you survive the return to work journey.
Plan and Talk with Your Family
Talk it over with your partner and family members – explore all the options, like how much money do you need, how much time away from the family is necessary , childcare and most of all what type of role do you require to motivate you to go back to work.
Mum’s are valuable to the workforce
Many employers value their “mums” on staff – they see them as reliable, highly organised and committed to getting the job done. Returning to work after being a Mum is not a disadvantage, often it is an advantage!
If you are returning from Maternity leave and your “old” role no longer suits you, make a time to sit down and see if it is possible to negotiate a new arrangement – most employers prefer to negotiate rather than see a valued staff member leave the team
Make your job search work for you talk to the agencies
Recruitment Agencies know their clients well and know who has family-friendly policies. In fact, there is a hidden job market for Mum’s returning to work and these agencies know where to look. In addition make sure your resume sells you – it is the most important piece of paper to get you that new role.
Look at online resources, where there are careers advisors, jobs boards and articles all to help you. And most importantly if you need help, ask!