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Job Search Tips for Working Mothers

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM
Tags: job search, networking

Parenting and working take a lot of energy and multitasking. And if you’re a mom (or dad) with kids living at home, it’s a good bet that you don’t have much time left for starting a job search or restarting one that has stalled. That’s why you need to make the most of the little spare time you do have. 

And think hard about the type of job you’ll want.  Since flexibility is so important to many parents, you might look for a telecommuting job or, if your budget allows, part-time work. Or think about looking for jobs that offer flexible or  alternative schedules. Search for telecommuting and part-time jobs using  MinnesotaWorks.net

Jessica Howington in  7 Job Search Tips for Working Moms  and 6 Job Search Tips for Working Mothers  gives advice that speaks specifically to your situation. In addition to advising working moms to look for flexibility in their next job, she has provided these tips:

Showcase your parenting skills. Parenting takes a lot of skill and patience. Translate these skills and experience into soft skills for the workplace. State your birthday party planning, playroom cleaning, sibling rivalry, and do-it-all-at-dinnertime experiences into professional soft skills such as event planning, organization, conflict management and multitasking.

Tap into your mom network. As a working mom you would  use your professional network to make a career change , so take no shame in tapping into your mom network for the same reason. Ask your mom friends for a little help and guidance. You may be surprised who they know or the type of connections or opportunities they can help you build.

Put yourself out there. At soccer games, the grocery store, play dates, and parties, market yourself not only as a mom, but also as a professional.

Outsource home duties. This doesn’t have to be permanent and is not necessary, but if you have the option to outsource some of your home responsibilities, it will help free up time to use for your job search. Have your partner and children pick up a few extra chores around the house. If you have a babysitter or nanny, inquire about having them run a few errands for you or doing some light housekeeping and laundry.

Ask for help. Despite the image of a do-it-all-mom, you can’t and don’t have to do it all.

Also, we urge you to get assistance at your local Minnesota WorkForce Center . We encourage you to attend a workshop to sharpen your job search techniques or register for a one-on-one meeting with a career expert. Check out our calendar of events for job seekers for more details. 

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