First thing is to start or update a CV.
Why? You may ask, as you have not done anything for a few years or you have had a career break! But that's exactly why you need a CV: to sell yourself and reflect on what you have achieved in the recent years.
What is a CV?
Interesting fact: CV means curriculum vitae, Latin for ‘course of life’ and has been in existence for hundreds of years.
A CV is just what it means, a history, a course that your life has taken in education, skills, training and employment.
It is there for people or prospective employers to see what you can do, have done and whether or not you may be suitable to interview.
It is a vital document and is your chance to sell your skills, abilities, knowledge and most of all YOU!
Before you set about writing your CV start by making notes and include the following points:
• Personal statement (discussed last month) is a good way to start .
• What skills you have
• Employment history
• Education and training
• Hobbies and interests
Do not be afraid to explain that you had a career break. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It's a hard job being a mum and looking after a home.
Think of all the skills you use daily: organisation, flexibility, budgeting, communication.
These are all things you can list within your skills.
Did you do any help work helping in laws, volunteer work, coffee mornings, PTA? Give examples of what you have been involved with.
When you send you CV make it stand out. Using pastel coloured paper is a good way to stand out from the crowd.
Here are a few websites to assist you and get you started.