Job Searching for the Stay-At-Home ParentI have been at home with the children for 5 years, how do I start looking for a job?After spending 5 years at home as a stay-at-home parent, it is not that easy to get out of the running-after-the-kids routine and get started back in the working world. You first have to get into the right mindset for job searching and prepare yourself for job applications and interviews instead of carpools and your kids schedules. Then it is time to think what kind of job it is that you want. Job searching after a 5-year break has its challenges, but with the right CV and focus, job searching can be made easy. Before you dust out that old CV, you need to decide in which career direction you want to go. A few questions to ask yourself to aid you in that decision are: Is it time for a career change? Do you want to go back to your pre-children career? Do you want a demanding full-time job? Alternatively, a more flexible part-time job? The answer to these questions can narrow down your options tremendously. Also, consult your spouse on his or her schedule to see what is most convenient for both of you in balancing careers and the children. If making a trip to the office everyday cuts into your parental duties, you can also consider a work-at-home job. Once you have your career focus set, it is time to update your CV. Now you are probably thinking, Update? Ive been home for the past 5 years. While this is true, being a stay-at-home parent is also a job. Instead of having a 5 year gap on your CV, fill it in with skills you have obtained while raising your children, volunteer work you have done, parent organisations you have led, charity events you have held, or any fiscal responsibilities you have taken responsibility over while being at home. These skills may be different from those on your CV from 5 years ago, but a diverse background and activity in your community will make the job searching process easier. Job searching after being out of the work-loop for so long can be jumping into cold water. You must be thinking, Where do I even start looking for a job? There are many resources available if you know where to look. If you are an alumnus of a university, utilise their alumni career services. There are plenty of employment opportunities available as well as career fairs for alumni. Networking with other parents you have befriended during your stay-at-home days is also a great way to get your foot in the door. Networking with people you know leaves out the stress of proving your competence and abilities because they already know you. Contact organisations in your field, or even your previous employer, to enquire about any networking events or job openings. Asking never hurts. Do yourself a favour and get in touch with a good CV writing service today. They can transform your routine profile into something that works well. A professionally written CV can be the best launching pad for you after a hiatus. Talk to a CV writing service and find out how they can help you. Job searching can be a workload, but with the right steps taken, the hardest part of the process will be fitting into that five-year-old business suit in the back of your closet. ————————————————-
Copyright 2010 Biz Guru LtdLee Lister has written a book for job seekers called FastTrack to Job Success that can be found on www.JobSuccess.co.uk She also provides CV and Resume writing services and specialises in senior managers and those changing career paths.This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.