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    Default Returning to work - help with CV and returning to work

    Hi

    I am looking for any tips or experiences that any of you may have had with returning to work. I have been out of work now for 8 years as I was raising a family and lived remotely so childcare was not an option at a time to work part time. Now that the kids are bigger and we have moved I am looking at returning to work but cannot even get to interview stage and I think it is because of my gap in my resume. I have a strong background in administration with public sector and private companies for many years but I dont get any interest. I do have a good cover letter though I must admit I find the 2 pages having to address selection criteria very time consuming and not the easiest to do. Will i have to do a cert to update my admin skills or does it boil down to improving my resume with a resume company etc??
    I think my resume reads well apart from my 8 year gap . I did some part time work in this time as a self employed dog groomer but I think companies are put off with that even more so I dont always include it.

    I have lots of other certs and degree that I did years ago so I cannot figure out why I dont get offered an interview unless it is to do with my age/no recent experience? I am 44. I have approached agencies and apply to several jobs online a week but just meet a dead end. With voluntary work it all appears to be over an hours drive away and nothing locally.

    Any advice please. Thanks

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    Default Returning to work - help with CV and returning to work

    I can be of no help as I'm 10 years out and have no idea how to get back in. Just curious about how many jobs you've applied for and whether you've registered with temping agencies and things? That was my thought to do first when time comes. I'm also 44 and must admit it's kinda depressing to read your post. I hope someone has some good ideas and some positive words 😞
    ETA: I hope that didn't come out wrong I mean that I feel depressed reading because I'm so worried that I'll never find a job again. I've not started looking as youngest is only just 3, but scary to think you are struggling after only 8 years 😞 It makes me so mad that there's so much talk about getting more women into work and yet seems to be nothing out there to help mums get back into the workforce. What a waste of resources and proof we aren't valued at all in society. But that's another rant altogether
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    Hi Freyamum

    Yes it is very disheartening and not much support out there for mums who wish to return to work. It is a tough one. I registered with 5 or 6 agencies and all I got was that Perth was on a downturn at the moment so they have very little work available. Seems to be plenty on seek. When I asked what I could do to be 'more emplyable' they didnt have an answer and weren't interested. All I can do for now is keep applying and read up more on how to answer selection criterias effectively and see where i can reword my resume. My youngest is 5 now. What work were you looking for ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twinkle2012 View Post
    Hi Freyamum

    Yes it is very disheartening and not much support out there for mums who wish to return to work. It is a tough one. I registered with 5 or 6 agencies and all I got was that Perth was on a downturn at the moment so they have very little work available. Seems to be plenty on seek. When I asked what I could do to be 'more emplyable' they didnt have an answer and weren't interested. All I can do for now is keep applying and read up more on how to answer selection criterias effectively and see where i can reword my resume. My youngest is 5 now. What work were you looking for ?
    That's the unknown. Just remembered your other post we seem in a similar position. I'm also 44 and a psychology graduate who's lots of admin experience! Mine is more out of date though as I had a few years as a public health analyst after I did a masters in health psychology. When we moved to Australia 9 years ago I discovered the same roles don't exist here it's much more IT focused / technical. So now toying up whether to do a medical admin course and hope I can find work or retrain and compete with 22 year old new graduates. I'd do that if I could figure out what to do?!?! Health promotion, OT, rehabilitation counselling, exercise physiology, social work are some of the areas I'm looking into. It's just so hard to know what is manageable and whether I'll be able to find a job. Sigh it's so hard.

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    Those selection criteria are really tough! If you can speak to a professional about your resume and application letter, and maybe google sample selection criteria that will help. I'm lucky in that my DP is a manager responsible for lots of hiring / firing so he helped me out a ton when I applied for my job. Do you know anyone in management / HR? I'm sorry the agencies you spoke to weren't more supportive

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