Thursday, December 11, 2008

Your 2009 Career Re-Launch

Christmas is a great time to prepare yourself for your re-entry into the workforce. Follow our practical advice:

1. Update your resume - include all non-paid work.
2. Know your flexibility requirements and don't back down.
3. Be clear on the type of role you are seeking, and know your strengths and skills.
4. Know what you are worth and don't sell yourself short.
5. Don't be grateful. You are smart, intelligent and experienced and you deserve a job.

To properly prepare yourself for 2009, read our CareerMums factsheets on the following topics found at this web address:

* A game plan to help you find a flexible job
* Keeping your skills up to date while on parental leave
* Managing your career as a working parent

Monday, December 8, 2008

New employment standards grant EXTENSION of Parental Leave and the right for employees to request flexible work

The imminent introduction of the new National Employment Standards signal significant changes concerning parental leave, carer’s leave and flexible work requests. Is your organisation aware of their new obligations? New changes include (and are not limited to):

•Extension of parental leave beyond 12 months;
•Right to request flexible, alternative work arrangements for those caring for a child under school age;
•Up to 10 days of paid personal/carer's leave per year, which accrues throughout the year and will accumulate with no limitation.

For more information, visit or telephone the Workplace Rights Information Line on 1300 882 648.