Your maternity leave is coming to an end and whether it’s been six months or six years since you last dusted off your best suit, the prospect of re-entering the job market is daunting to say the least. Whilst emotionally and mentally you may be ready to get back to work, your CV might not be, so how can you present yourself in the best possible way to secure that dream job?
Firstly it is important to read your CV with a fresh pair of eyes, try to think about who will be reading it and what will they be looking for. If you are applying for a position, which has been advertised, have you addressed the position criteria? It may be obvious to you that you are perfect for the role but not to the person reviewing your CV.
Secondly, you need to highlight your accomplishments, as this is what will make you stand out from the crowd. Most CVs will have the basics already; contact details, education and employment history however by thinking back to your career achievements you can create a more compelling CV. Here is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills and to back them up with strong examples of how good you really are.
Thirdly your CV should be in a simple format with no tables, borders or complex formatting and demonstrate good attention to detail. This will ensure that your CV will look good no matter where it is sent and a thorough proof read will avoid you being discounted for a role due to a simple spelling mistake.
Finally don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile. It is one of the first places that recruiters will look for potential candidates and is often used by senior executives to review candidates before interview so it needs to be professional and relevant, including your profile picture.
Looking for a job is hard work, which on top of being a mum is definitely challenging so remember to persevere. Great jobs don’t often come looking for you so make sure your CV is polished and ready to go and you have an up to date LinkedIn profile to help you along the way. Use your networks and don’t be afraid to ask for advice, there are many mums out there balancing exciting careers with the demands of motherhood and there is no reason you can’t be one of them.
Nicola Spooner CV’s provides professional CV and LinkedIn profile writing as well as interview and career coaching. For more information visit www.nicolaspoonercvs.com or call 0406296426