It’s bittersweet when suddenly the youngest starts kindergarten and a parent who took time off to raise toddlers chooses to re-enter the workforce. It’s meaningful to have those precious years and it’s also exciting to start a new phase of life. If you recently walked your youngest into an East Texas classroom and let go of those sweet little fingers and now you’re looking for a job, here’s how to get started.
Update Your Resume
Get out your resume and review our resume writing tips. Even if you’ve been immersed in raising your children for years, you probably have some things to add. Be sure you include unpaid work and volunteer experience gained during that time.
If you organized a fundraiser or served on a committee, it lets employers know helping others is a priority for you and that you’re not just motivated by a paycheck. If you tutored, mentored or taught classes, it counts.
Think about including the head of that nonprofit as one of your references. If you worked from home, include that experience in your resume refresh. Successful direct sales or a home-based business show your initiative.
Add Degrees and Certifications
You might have taken off before you finished college, then worked through the rest of your credits while you raised your children. Or you might have added certifications or degrees since then. Those skills make you more qualified and might change your starting salary.
Write a Fresh Cover Letter
Once your resume showcases all your skills and qualifications, make sure hiring managers read it with a solid cover letter. We explain how in our article “3 Must-Haves For the Ultimate Cover Letter.”
Reevaluate Social Networking
During the past few years, social media has probably been all about family. Potential employers often scroll through candidates social media feeds to learn more about them. Look at your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds to make sure there’s nothing there that doesn’t show you at your best.
Family vacation photos and videos that show your children’s accomplishments are completely acceptable for your personal feed. If you have shots of your cousin behaving badly at the family reunion, you might want to remove those for now.
A LinkedIn profile is helpful for networking. Post an online resume that’s easy to update. Create content that shows what you know. Read news and tips from your connections to stay up-to-date on industry trends and make a positive first impression when potential employers look you up.
Submit your Resume to Brelsford Personnel
When you’ve been off for a while, looking for work again feels like starting from scratch. It can be overwhelming, but we may be a good resource for you. Check out the jobs on our website and review the kinds of jobs we focus on. If you feel you have experience in any of these areas, submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org . We will review your information and if your skills, experience and education match we will contact you immediately! We have been doing this a long time, and we specialize in matching qualified candidates with some of the best employers in East Texas.