It’s best not to wait.
Advice on successfully heading back to work after having a family, it’s best not to wait for that mythical perfect time to return to work.
Tips for returning to work
1.Find the ‘working you’ again
Even a few months out of the workplace can leave you fearing that all your skills and experience have deserted you. Dig out your old appraisal forms, call ex-colleagues or invite your old boss out for a drink. You need to re-connect with the working you and the people who valued what you did in the workplace.
2.Acknowledge your new skills
Being at home with kids develops your people skills, your creative problem solving, your ability to multi-task, and your time management. These skills are not really understood or acknowledged in the workplace, so you wouldn’t tend to get the respect and credibility that you deserve but you should approach every job with your head held high.
3.Don’t rule out applying for full-time positions
Apply for full-time as well as part-time positions, as these roles are often open to negotiation on flexible hours. It’s best to start out positioning your skills and experience and convincing them that you are right for the job. After this, you will then be in a far stronger position to negotiate flexibility.
4.Make sure flexibility works both ways
Be brave and ask for the flexibility that you need and make sure that it works both ways. Be prepared to give something more back to your employer when you can, and make sure you make a good business case for working flexibly.
5.You’re not alone
It’s important to keep in mind that being a parent is a fact of life for more than 80% of employees – men and women. We have job vacancies available, don’t wait get back on your career path we are here to help.