1. Lack of self confidence is one of the biggest barriers to returning to work. Fix this, and you will get a job.
2. Don’t be ‘grateful’ for flexible working arrangements – you get paid for the hours you work; no more, no less.
3. Always ask for flexibility – it is becoming a more mainstream work arrangement and will continue to be with the national skills shortage.
4. Take responsibility for staying at home for an extended period of time if you wish to return to work at some stage in the future. Maintain your contacts, update your computer skills, study, and read industry magazines on a regular basis.
5. Turn your non-paid work experience into ‘work speak’. Take tuck-shop duty – customer service, handling money and working in a team.
6. When returning to the workforce, know these things: What you are good at, what role you are looking for, your flexibility requirements and how much you are worth.
7. In a job interview, don’t mention your family or care arrangements. You are there to demonstrate your suitability to the role and to gauge if they are a worthwhile employer for you to work for.