On The Hunt

On The HuntTips to finding the flexibility you want 

Even with the increased media attention and popularity of flexible jobs, some parents still find themselves hesitating to request or even ask about the possibility of flexible work in their organisation.  Whether or not you’re finding it difficult to find a flexible job that’s right for you, here are some steps that will hopefully make your search a little bit easier:

  1. Determine where you want your career to be.  List down your skills and achievements and talk with your partner about what you can do.  Also think about what interests you and what type of job would let you use your skills and will keep you interested.
  2. Think about flexibility.  Now that you’ve worked out where you want your career to be, take a look at what type of flexibility you’ll require to successfully balance your career and family life.  Think about the demands at home and see what flexible work arrangements will work well with it.
  3. Overhaul your resume.  This is especially important for parents who’ve taken a break from work to concentrate on family life, but also for those who haven’t used their resume in a while.  Remember that volunteer work you did?  Don’t leave it out of your resume – it still adds to experience that might be relevant to the job that you want.  Charity work can and should be included in your resume, after all you did use your marketing and communication skills to get it done.  Just keep in mind that what you include in your resume should be relevant to the job you want.
  4. Prepare your proposal for flexibility.  If you want to stay with your current employer, but want to have a flexible work arrangement, prepare a well thought out proposal for flexibility before requesting for it.  Treat it similar to any business arrangement – you’re banking on your skills and experience to get you a more ideal job arrangement.  This is also true if you are coming back from parental leave and would like to go to part-time or more flexible hours.  Be honest about your need for flexibility and how you want to continue to be a great employee at work.
  5. Find the employer that fits you.  Visit the websites of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency and the National Work and Family Awards.  These websites provide a list of organisations that are family-oriented.

The availability of flexible roles is higher than ever before with the focus on how beneficial the arrangements can be for both employers and employees.  If your looking within your current company, even if they don’t normally offer flexible roles, they could be open to it based on the employer benefits.  If you’re searching outside your company, consider using more niche job sites like www.schoolhours.com.au.  While job sites with more listings will have these types of roles, they can be difficult to find in amongst the hundreds of thousands of jobs not providing flexibility.

 As always, feel free to contact us directly o comment below if you have any questions or tips you’d like to share that might help you or someone else get that dream work & family life balance.

Leigh Grigaliunas

Leigh is an owner and co-founder of School Hours Pty Ltd.Leigh's passion for helping others coupled with his desire to achieve a balance between raising children and earning a living, lead him to create School Hours Pty Ltd with his wife Yasmin.School Hours will be the place to go for Australian parents wanting to connect with progressive thinking, family friendly employers.

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