Having been a stay at home mum for the last 2.5 years, I've been thinking hard about how I can return to the workforce. A couple of months ago, I mentioned I might be starting my own small business. Well, I can tell you now that I will be going ahead and setting up a nanny placement agency to run from home early next year (yay!) The idea first came about when I noticed an increasing demand for nannies and a lack of providers. Of course, the advantage of running my own business from home means I get to spend the majority of my time at home.
Careers Australia. Across a range of fields, these five skills will serve mums like me in good stead when returning to the workforce.
1. Networking Skills - the power of networking with people in your chosen field should never be underestimated. In all honesty, the idea of networking events and having to work a room nauseates me - I much rather focus on building genuine relationships with people in my chosen industry. This takes time, but being able build meaningful connections by reaching out, listening, asking intelligent questions and fostering meaningful relationships will ensure the right connections are made.
2. Computer Skills - in this digital and information age, a solid level of computer literacy will be invaluable for any job seeker in gaining employment across a number of industries. Experience in accounts keeping through creating spreadsheets in Excel or running programs such as MYOB will be essential for running my own business from home.
3. Interview Skills - putting your best foot forward in a job interview situation will help to ensure job seekers make the right impression from the beginning. Simple interpersonal skills such as greeting the interviewer politely, maintaining eye contact, and showing determination and sincerity will ensure jobseekers are at their best during an interview setting. It never hurts for anyone planning on re-entering the workforce to brush up on interview skills through a mock job interview before the real deal.
4. Confidence - Its important for anyone returning to the workforce to feel confident in their contributions and life experience while not feeling like they are being done a favour by being employed – whether part of full time. A lack of confidence can really hold a job seeker back, so it’s important for any aspiring employee to frame their application in terms of what they can offer the company where they are seeking work.
5. Communication Skills - Communication skills are essential for employability, and at the top of nearly every employer’s wish list. Job seekers should always brush up on verbal and written communication skills such as listening, asking open-ended questions, seeking confirming to check understanding, and maintaining eye contact throughout face to face communication.
These are just five useful skills for mums planning on re-entering the workforce, but there are many others that will apply more specifically based on the role. A positive attitude, determination and dedication throughout the job search will also be invaluable qualities for mums planning on returning to work.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Careers Australia. I was compensated for this post, however all opinions are my own.