Looking for a new job that works around your childcare? Start on the right note with these ideas
When it comes to working around your kids or childcare, a part-time job could work for you. And it’s something employers are more open to than you may expect.
‘We always encourage companies to look at part-time opportunities for the right candidates,’ says Charlie Ryan, founder of work advice service The Recruitment Queen.
‘Some employers do also tend to recognise that parents are some of the most committed and hardworking employees because of the responsibilities they have, so they want to offer flexibility where possible.’
So, this is where to start.
Work on your confidence
If you’ve been at home with your baby or had a break for a few years, the whole job hunt can be daunting. So, hone in on your key attributes to remind yourself how capable you are.
‘Think about what you’re good at and why – “own” a handful of these that you can talk about and really believe in, because then you can sell it,’ says Charlie.
‘Also only apply for the jobs you know you can do – especially at first – and don't try and be something you’re not. This in itself will give you confidence.’
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The first rule of applying for any job is the phone call, so ring the person hiring and ask for more details about the ad.
The first rule of applying for any job is the phone call, so ring the person hiring and ask for more details about the ad
‘Out of hundreds of candidates, sometimes there’s not even one call but they really do make you stand out,’ says Charlie. ‘Obviously be polite and respect that people are busy, but just say you’d like to find out more about what the role involves.’
This gives you a chance to show how articulate you are, plus – if it’s not already advertised – you can ask whether there’s scope for the position to be part-time if someone has the right skills.
Mind your ABCs
Your skillset may be amazing, but – and yes, this sounds obvious – a spelling mistake in your application could put a stop to your chances, so triple check.
‘Agencies have to get through a lot of candidates quickly, so your opening lines and CV are the immediate gauges as to whether you’re suitable,’ says Charlie.
With cover letters, keep them short and specific. ‘If you’ve spoken to the person hiring, say ‘Following our conversation…’ to remind them who you are.’
It’s fine to phone again a few days later to check your application’s been received and ask when they’ll be reviewing everything.
‘It shows you see things through and again gives you a chance to make a positive, personal impression,’ says Charlie.
Be interview smart
You’ve reached interview stage (yay!) so demonstrate you’d be committed and enthusiastic – this bit is all about putting any potential concerns to rest.
‘Throw in examples of how reliable and practical you are with examples both in your personal and professional life,’ says Charlie. And if they offer you something and the time is right to discuss working part-time, go prepared with solutions and idea of how you’ll make things work.
‘If you’re feeling nervous, remind yourself that the interview isn’t totally one-sided,’ says Charlie. ‘They may be hiring, but you’re also deciding whether or not this is a company you want to work for.’
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