Time to go back to work!
Its been so long! Too long. I’ve been a little bit of trouble from my wife for not writing and fair enough! So a quick update on what’s been going on and then onto today's topic: finding a job.
So the girls are doing great! My oldest had her 3rd birthday and has moved up to the senior class at her kindy. She is loving it. The twins are now almost 17 months old. They’re growing so fast. It still seems like yesterday that I was finishing up at work to look after 3 girls under 2. Now I have 3 under 4 it doesn’t sound so hard! I can definitely see my influence in being the parent at home which is fun. I’ve helped to shape who they are and they’ve taught me a lot about myself and helped me grow. Years from now, I’ll look back on this - as hard as it has been at times - and know that it was one of the best times of my life. But as we know, circumstances change and it’s come time for one of those changes to happen.
Back to Work!
It’s time for me to go back to work. We have a few family goals that we want to achieve in the short, medium and long term and to be able to do that, we’ll both need to be working. It’s a conundrum that all parents face. Each persons situation is different. Personally, I’d prefer to have a parent at home until the kids are at least at school. At the very least, I’m glad that we’ve been able to be at home with the kids for their first year of life.
What to put on my CV?
When we first decided that I would start looking for work, I realised that there would be a gap of over a year on my CV (resume). I had no idea what to put, so I googled it. Most websites say to be honest and put that you’ve been at home. As most mums (and some dads) at home will know, it’s not just a holiday. Being at home is actually work! But it did get me thinking about what I’m supposed to put as my description for being at home. Do I list my newfound skills I’ve gained? I do have some awesome new skills now, I’ll list a few for you:
- Hostage negotiator
- Walking encyclopedia
I’m not professing to be at the top of the chain when it comes to these skills. I mean, the food I dish up to a 1 year old is 5 star as far as they’re concerned. If you ate it, you’d probably throw it in the bin. But the fact is, you do learn some things being at home and it’ll be interesting to see if any of those skills are transferable!
I’ve said before, it’s not very usual for a man to be the primary parent at home, so I’m not sure how prospective employers will find it, but perhaps you can help me!
How did you find getting back to work after not working for a while? Whether through parental leave, being the parent at home or something else (like injury or sickness). Let me know in the comments below or on my Facebook page!
P.S We had to get rid of the Holden (RIP) and get a more practical vehicle. As much as I miss the Holden, I really really do love our new minivan!