Using labour market research to get a “re-entry level” job
Career Consultant Jean Ottley shares some practical tips on looking for work after a break to have children.
You may slot straight back into a paid job after maternity leave.
But if you’ve had an extended break, or your priorities have changed, you may have to work harder than you thought to get another paid job.
“Labour market research” – or scouting for job opportunties – can be a good reality check.
Take a look around your neighbourhood with a jobseeker perspective.
Where are the employers?
Which employers offer family-friendly hours? If you want a job to fit around school hours, consider that one of the busy periods in a cafe is 10 am to 2 pm. Hotel and motel cleaners often work similar hours.
This type of work may not be your ideal job, but it may be what you need as a “re-entry level job”. Such a job can give you:
- a useful transition back to paid work and a chance for you and your family to adjust
- an income – for doing things that you are probably doing at home for free
- the opportunity to get an up-to-date referee in a year or so
- structure to your day once children are at school
- a job you can ‘leave at work’ while you adjust to being back in the paid workforce
- the chance to meet new people who may know someone who knows someone who needs a worker.