How to Find Jobs with Family Friendly Working Hours: Career Consultant Reveals Three Tips to Brisbane Mums Returning to Work
Brisbane career consultant, Donna Thistlethwaite offers three tips to mums going back to work to find part time jobs with family friendly working hours.
The problem with the current [employment] model is it assumes that only men with a supportive partner at home to take care of the household responsibilities and the family are applying for work. It assumes that employees want to, and more importantly are able to commit to crazy hours without a work life balance.
As many stay at home mums recognise and appreciate, returning to the workforce can often be difficult for a woman with a young family. With an increase in unemployment to over six per cent in 2015, full time work is becoming more and more difficult to come by.
But with this decrease in available full time work comes a rise in part time prospects, which presents a unique opportunity for Brisbane mums to secure positions with family friendly working hours. Principal consultant and founder of Career Vitality, Donna Thistlethwaite says that while traditional employment models have been based around male employees as the primary bread winner, these changes to the working environment are giving Brisbane mums more opportunities to go back to work. www.careervitality.com.au
“The problem with the current model is it assumes that only men with a supportive partner at home to take care of the household responsibilities and the family are applying for work. It assumes that employees want to, and more importantly are able to commit to crazy hours without a work life balance,” says Donna.
“Historically, stay at home mums trying to venture back into the workplace have really struggled to find positions with family friendly working hours. Unfortunately, our working culture hasn’t shifted far enough yet for all businesses to embrace positions that are family friendly, so it’s important for mums to know where to find part time work. There are a number of different work patterns that facilitate that, like working during school hours.” www.careervitality.com.au
Through Career Vitality, Donna helps women find Brisbane part time work for mums with family friendly hours that supports raising children. She offers the following three tips to Brisbane mums returning to the workforce:
- Consider door knocking businesses. Mums should never give up approaching businesses for work, especially the small establishments. Small businesses are often looking for part time workers because they’re not in a position to employ a full time person.
According to Donna, “Stay at home mums going back to work need to tap into the hidden jobs that haven’t been advertised yet, and avoid competing with hundreds of people looking for the same kind of part time work.”
- Transfer existing skills and qualifications to expand job opportunities. Job seekers should be ready to explore new positions and try on new things to gain experience, instead of just limited job prospects which they already have experience with.
- Try negotiating for flexible conditions or family friendly working hours once an employer shows hiring interest. “If an employer thinks you’re the right person for the job, they may be willing to negotiate your hours. Working parents are regarded as more responsible and productive for example, so there may be opportunities to decrease weekly hours,” says Donna.
For more information on how to find jobs for mums Brisbane, visit www.careervitality.com.au.
About Career Vitality
Career Vitality helps people find a career they love, and are passionate about. Principal consultant and company founder, Donna Thistlethwaite is a committed career changer, lifelong learner and redundancy survivor, and lives to help clients find their purpose and zest for their career.
Vitality, integrity, tenacity and positivity are the strengths that have been a key part of Donna’s career success and are attributes she brings to the table when working with clients.
Donna has worked across both private and public sector organisations over a career spanning almost 30 years, 15 years of which were in human resource management, shaping and guiding the careers of employees. Having interviewed thousands of candidates Donna has an understanding of what employers look for and how candidates can maximise their success in the job market. Her contributions have played a critical role in the success of a large number of technical employees transitioning to leadership positions and managers becoming more effective leaders.
With a caring, easy going, nature and a guarantee that she will always be true to her word, Donna is the perfect choice for individuals or organisations considering career services.
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- Contact Information
- Donna Thistlethwaite
- Principal Consultant
- Career Vitality
- (61) 419 120 601
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