The hunt for a new job, no matter what age or experience is rarely fun.  Even at the best of times, it can be stressful and time-consuming.  So, what happens if you are a woman and find yourself laid off, or trying to switch jobs? Well every woman can take control and realise their potential. I have certain tips to help you find and get that job.

  1. Regaining Confidence – even the most accomplished women face confidence issues the longer they are away from the workplace.  So it’s important to realise that this is normal. To overcome confidence issues think about the job search as a sales and marketing campaign with you selling yourself. Focus on your key strengths.
  2. Identify your reason – it is important for you to understand why you want to go back to work. The reasons could be financial, intellectual or social. Understanding this will help you take up the job that is right for you. For example, if the reason you want to go back to work is social, i.e. you are getting bored at home but don’t want something too heavy, then you could opt for a low-pressure/part-time job and not worry too much about pay.
  3. Networking – once you figure out what area your passionate about then start networking with people in that area. So if its cooking – start talking with chefs, if its childcare start talking with crèche owners, parents etc. Also check out if there are any women’s network groups in your local area. Through networking you might be able to find yourself a: ‘mentor.’ Finding a woman mentor would be helpful to learn the art of networking.
  4. Upskilling – it’s important to keep upskilling. For example, a lot of employers want people who are computer literate or who have a driving licence. So try and get these skills if you don’t already have them.
  5. Local services – look at local newspapers, listen to local radio, go on the internet, go to your local employment centre. The key is to keep checking and being persistent. A job doesn’t come to you, you have to go to the job.
  6. Social Media and technology – take a course, get a tutor, hire your teenager, or teach yourself the basics of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. Sign up on Linked In to understand how it works and to look up people at companies in which you are interested.  Sign up for Twitter so you can follow the Twitter feed on companies and people of interest.  Even if you don’t create a single “Tweet”, just following relevant people and companies can be a great source of information prior to interviewing. 
  7. Being your own boss – have you ever thought about being your own boss? Would you ever consider starting up your own business? There is nothing more rewarding than starting up your own business about your passion. We all have a particular interest and passion so ask yourself what is yours. If starting up your own little business interests you than go to your county or city enterprise board and check out if there are any grants or funding available or check with your local TD.
  8. Alternatives – ask yourself the following questions – Are you interested in politics could you contribute to society in that way by becoming a local TD in your hometown and standing for women’s issues? Or maybe you could try and become involved in a voluntary organisation or charity and do some work that way?

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