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So, you’ve made the decision that you want to return to the workforce, and maybe you’ve decided that a new career path is the way to go.

Whether it’s familiar territory you choose to return to or something completely different, there are tried and tested job search techniques that you can apply for yourself – and expect some fabulous results from.

If you are planning to seek an opportunity in an industry that you have never worked in before, here are some great proven-to-work job search techniques well worth trying:

  • Craft your resume specifically to this role:  I know loads of employers and hear countless stories of boring, generic resumes that seem to be the commonly submitted thing.  The same goes for application letters – job seekers tend to churn out generic templates that do nothing to wow a potential employer.  Make sure your resume and your application letter are custom-crafted to the position you’re applying for.
  • Learn as much as you can about the industry you choose to enter:  Attend courses, read books and study!  The more you know about your industry, the more impressive you are sure to look in the eyes of a would-be employer.
  • Get out there and do some freelance work:  Provided you have enough knowledge to work in the field, start getting your name out there as a freelancer.  As you are starting out, you’ll need to put together attractive packaging and pricing to attract business to you.  After all, you want people to give you a go, so you can obtain valuable – and paid – work experience.
  • Get out there and offer to do voluntary work experience:  Think of the companies you’d like to work for and get on the phone to the boss to express your interest in doing some voluntary work experience with them.  Send your resume through and be sure to follow up with a phone call, to prove your interest in obtaining a work experience opportunity.
  • Get involved and do volunteer work for a non-profit organisation:  Our communities are what they are because of the wonderful work of volunteer organisations.  If you want to get into say, marketing, contact a non-profit organisation in your area, offering your services.  You will learn so much in a volunteer position, and you’ll have the incredible opportunity to get real and valuable hands on experience in your field.
  • Make sure you put all of your education, volunteer, freelance and work experience work into your resume:  All of these things show prospective employers that you’re really keen and enthusiastic when it comes to your chosen field.  Even if you’re brand new to the field, all of these things provide you with experience that employers will want you to bring to your new position.
  • Apply for jobs with confidence:  With a carefully crafted and tailored resume and application letter, clearly detailing what you have done to demonstrate your interest in your industry, you can confidently apply for the perfect position.  Remember as well to follow up with would-be employees – regardless of whether you applied for a specific job or if you contacted the company directly, expressing interest in any future opportunities.  Perseverance really does pay.

Just because you may have been out of the workforce for years or just because you’re brand new to an industry doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on work opportunities.

With these job searching techniques – all tried and tested – you really can make your dream working mum career happen!

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