Career Vitality Offers Women Returning to the Workforce Resume Writing Tips and Tricks to Land the Job They Desire
Career Vitality reveals how Brisbane mums can find family friendly work by tweaking their resume.
The biggest mistake I see among mums returning to work is that they often send a resume to an employer that doesn’t suit the role they are applying for and highlights the gaps in between jobs, which automatically demonstrates a disconnect from employment.
After taking time out of their careers to raise children, Brisbane mums are often faced with the same challenges: how to re-enter the workforce, and how to locate positions with family friendly work hours.
According to principal consultant of Career Vitality – an agency that helps women find the job they love – Donna Thistlethwaite, women returning to the workforce need to create the right resume in order to land the desired job. “The biggest mistake I see among mums returning to work is that they often send a resume to an employer that doesn’t suit the role they are applying for and highlights the gaps in between jobs, which automatically demonstrates a disconnect from employment,” says Donna. www.careervitality.com.au
“There are strategies mothers can adopt to get around these resume problems, particularly if the break from employment has been substantial. Women should understand that the skills, experiences and qualifications they’ve mastered in past positions, including parenting, can all be transferred into new jobs and careers; they just need to know how to do it.”
Career Vitality helps women identify their passion and find their way back into employment with a re-entering the workforce resume. Resumes can be adjusted and edited according to the type of work desired, or in the case of mums returning to work, to dissolve the gaps in the work history. www.careervitality.com.au
Donna offers these tips for Brisbane mums wishing to begin work again after taking time out for children:
- Highlight a summary of all relevant skills, attributes and qualifications.
- Consider a functional resume rather than the traditional chronological resume format. The functional style focuses the reader on skills and achievements and makes any time gaps much less obvious.
- “In their resume, women returning to the workforce should include what they have learnt during the break from paid work. For example, raising children may help develop honed budgeting and timekeeping skills, or more responsibility,” says Donna. Demonstrate how these learnings can benefit the company.
- Include a short summary of roles with dates (including any volunteering or study) further on in the resume (page two or three).
- In the references section, list the previous employer as the first person to call. Any referees from volunteer roles can also be very valuable. A personal reference who can speak for the applicant’s general work ethic or character is fine if contact has been lost with the previous employer or little experience was gained. Family and friends are not good referees, but former teachers, clients or colleagues are.
For more information on how Career Vitality can help Brisbane mums seeking family friendly work, or supply a mum returning to work resume to mothers ready to re-enter the workforce, visit www.careervitality.com.au. Or to download Career Vitality’s free return to work resume ebook, visit http://careervitality.com.au/-free-resume-ebook/.
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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