Dear Working Mother,

Once you become a mother, your priorities change and sometimes that means that you need to change careers, change jobs or change companies to find a role that fits with your new life.

This change in your career aspirations and priorities means that you may find yourself on the lookout for a new job and wondering where to start…

There are many ways to find out about job opportunities and more and more companies are using alternative methods to recruit for positions, so be sure you widen your net to include as many as possible. To help you get started, here are eight job search strategies to find your dream job:

  • Newspapers – local and national both in print and most newspaper have an online jobs section these days, too.
  • Recruitment Companies – choose three companies that you like, send them in your CV and let them know what kind of position you are looking for… then remember to check in with them regularly to remind them that you are still looking for a job.
  • Job websites – probably the most popular solution for job searchers these days are the online jobs boards such as irishjobs.ie, www.recruitireland.ie and www.jobs.ie. These are a great resource, but just don’t let them be your only job search strategy.
  • LinkedIn – if you don’t yet have a LinkedIn Profile visit LinkedIn.com now to create one. LinkedIn is a great way to connect with colleagues and associates both old and new. It also acts like a sophisticated jobs board… recruiters and many companies now advertise their job vacancies on LinkedIn and jobs are recommended to you, based on your profile.
  • Industry Specific Websites – check out specialised industry websites for jobs in your industry. For example the Marketing Institute list marketing positions that may not be listed elsewhere: mii.ie.
  • Company Website – many companies list their job opportunities on their own website so make sure to check out the websites of companies that interest you. Check Out Google’s careers page here.
  • Networking – let friends, family and colleagues past and present, know that you are looking for a job and let them know what type of job. You never know where the right opportunity might spring from…
  • Speculative Applications – put together a list of ten companies that you are interested in working for and send them a cover letter and CV to let them know you are interested in working for them and in what capacity. If a suitable role becomes available, they just might call you for an interview.

Once you’ve identified the jobs you want to apply for, be sure to create a strong CV that is tailored to each position. Many people make the mistake of submitting the same, badly written CV for every job. To give yourself the very best chance at securing an interview, your CV should be well written, highlighting your skills and achievements and targeted to each job.

So if you’re stuck in a job that doesn’t fit anymore or desperately searching for a new part-time or flexible role, don’t despair… widen your search and revamp your CV and you never know what might happen.

Good luck with the job hunt.

Sincerely,

Elaine Lawless
The Working Mother

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our flexible jobs board where we post flexible positions we come across that we think might suit one of our working mothers.