Parental leaves mean there is a newborn baby somewhere, what a delight! And if you’re reading this, congratulations! Or on behalf. Going back to work after a maternal leave can be hard since there is a lot of inconveniences involved. You want to be there for your baby, and do everything in your means to be a good parent, but one has got to work after maternity leave.
Going back to work does not have to be very stressful for you. You may consider going on with your current job or as well apply for another one which seems more convenient for you and your baby, and some may require changing your career. Below are seven steps to getting a job after a parental leave;
- You should know the right time to return to work, and find the working you again
After having a baby, there is never anything like the perfect time to get back to work. One should, therefore, think carefully about going back, and the time you feel 80% convicted to bounce back, then do not hesitate.
You have been away for some time now, and you are probably wondering if your experience and skills have deserted you. These are ungrounded fears, and you are a competent career woman.
Digging out your old appraisal forms, calling your ex-colleagues or inviting your old boss for a drink will reconnect you with the working you, as well as with those who valued and acknowledged your work in the former workplace.
- Acknowledge and articulate your new skills
The ability to multitask, people skills, proper time management and creating problem-solving are all developed from being with the kids at home. The skills are hardly acknowledged or understood in the workplace if you cite on your CV or interview.
Thinking from an employee’s perspective is essential when you are considering how you can articulate that the skills you developed as a mother will directly impact and apply to work. Having all the skills from previous workplaces and education, describe how you have been keeping up speed within your industry, which will help. Saying that you have improved insights into esteemed and potential clients since you have become a more public service active user is not a bad idea.
- Apply for both full-time and part-time positions, and try various approaches of job hunting
Do not rule out the application of full-time positions since most of these roles are mostly open to negotiating on flexible hours. It is best to start with the positioning of your experience and skills and convince employers that you are well-fit for the job. After convincing them, you will then be in a far stronger and better position to negotiating flexibility.
Do not just do online job hunting entirely. Using various and different approaches such as contacting organizations where your background is relevant as well as skills, keeping in touch with old managers and colleagues and word of mouth. The most important thing is to keep at it.
- Do not worry about asking for flexible hours
There are retired individuals, high city flyers, dads and other people who want to work flexibly since mums are not the only ones who seek for flexible work. Research indicates that two-thirds of men consider it essential to look for flexible work. Innovative employers are increasing who change their approach to finding new talent and focus on more output than the time invested in reaching there.
It is vital to ensure that flexibility works both ways. Be prepared to offer something more to the employer when you can, and make a good business case for working flexibly.
- You should figure out a right working pattern
Flexibility does not just have to do with working part-time, but such aspects as working from home, compressing hours, delaying start or finish to enable you to drop or pick your kids from school, job shares, and working on a project and taking time off in lieu once it is done.
- Knowing your rights
It is necessary to understand what you can or can’t do when it comes to being on maternity leave. Printing out an information sheet and carrying it with you as you talk to your employer will make it easy for everyone to know about the legal, making it easy to solve any problems that come up.
- Ask yourself the following questions;
- How will this influence your experience if at all you have another child while still, you work there?
- What is the culture of the workplaces you are applying to around working parents?
- How can you change the attitudes by demonstrating your commitment, if at all the culture around that workplace is not ideal for working parents? What can you compromise on?