The best tips to make changing career and job hunting easier

Finding a new job is one of the most daunting things to do. You are constantly showing the best of yourself, and will more often than not, be rejected. It’s killing for your feeling of self-worth and confidence.

I have had to re-invent myself many times throughout my life, and here are the things I have learned from it:

  • Approach this as a partnership, if at all possible, discuss with your partner what your needs are, why you want things to change, how this can bring improvements for both of you, what you would need from them once you have returned to work and what you and your partner can do to find a better balance in your life
  • Spend plenty of time sorting out childcare before returning to work. Visit nurseries, child minders, au-pairs and nanny agencies. Think about back-up options for when the child is ill, or the childcare is cancelled. You and your partner need to be absolutely happy your child is safe and in a loving environment. You might even consider taking up childcare for a few days a week while you do the job hunt, as an investment. Check out Mum & Career on childcare.
  • Find support, find others to share with and motivate you on your journey, a friend, several friends, an online network or a job group
  • Find a coach, it can be a difficult process to do this on your own, especially if you are returning to work after a career break. For many people it is more fun to do it with a life coach, career coach or executive coach. How an executive coach can help you get back on the career track.
  • Take up yoga. Yoga can help you focus on yourself, and helps you step back from the distractions of everyday life
  • Consider finances carefully, but do remember this is an investment in your and your family’s future. Childcare costs may not outweigh the extra income (much) now but you will be building up new skills and experiences on your CV, as well as start contributing to your own pension. In the long run this could make a huge financial difference to the family income, especially compared to not working. The more years you will be out of work, the lower your potential income is likely to be.
Author: Inge Woudstra, Working Women’s Expert and founding director of Mum & Career

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