Career Tips -
Supersonic Searching Mondays
Written by Abby Kohut
Last week I was interviewed by Barbara Giglio, the President of Nanny Consultants NJ, a consulting service that recommends nannies for child care needs, backed up with thorough interviewing, reference checking, and background screenings.
While preparing for my interview I thought about all the questions that job seekers have asked me over the years.
As you begin your job search, make a list of things that you consider requirements for your new job and a separate list of "nice to haves". Consider the following questions:
- Work Schedule - Are you looking for a part time or full time job? What hours are you willing and/or able to work? Do you need to find a job that enables you to leave on time every day or is some overtime acceptable? Should your hours be 9-5 or 8-4?
- Time Off - How important is vacation and sick time? Does the company offer personal time so that when your child is sick you don't have to take off vacation time? If your child is sick within the first 6 months, will you be able to take the time off, even if unpaid?
- Career Growth or Stability - If you were in a fast paced position before you were a parent, are you ready to assume those responsibilities again? Or, would you rather find a stable position that you enjoy but that does not require as much effort or attention outside the office?
- Work Location - Do you need to find a job close to home? Should you look for jobs where you can work from home daily or once a week?
- Child Care - Have you found someone responsible to take care of your child so that you can be worry free once you get back to work and have the emotional & mental stamina that it requires? (See NannyMama.com if you need help in this area.)
- Salary - How important is the salary in your decision? Should your salary be equal to or above the cost of daycare, or are you simply going back to work for personal career development?
- Interviewing Skills - Are you ready to start interviewing or do you need to have someone point out your blind spots? Are you confident that you have all the answers to the more difficult questions? (If not, please drop me an e-mail so I can guide you towards people who can work with you one-on-one to prepare you.)
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Although going back to work may appear to be a trivial matter, there are so many things to consider. Once you have answered the questions above and any other ones that you have come up with, only then will you be ready to rock & roll. And then, muster all of your newfound mommy or daddy confidence and begin the search for your brand new career!