It’s been over 12 years since I worked for someone else. What have I been doing in that time? That’s a good question, I sometimes wonder myself.
But the truth is I’ve been raising and managing a family. DH helps of course, but he works full time, so during the day when the kids were young, or now when they are sick, or go to activities or need ferrying around, then it’s usually up to me. We have four children, and no family support, so working for someone else hasn’t really been an option. The childcare issues have just been too costly and have seemed insurmountable. I am a vet by profession, and it’s not a very family friendly job if you are a woman. The hours often go beyond the remit of most childminders and there are not many nannies who want to take on a household as busy as ours. We have looked into it on occasion, but once we’ve done the maths it just doesn’t seem worth the worry and stress.
So I’ve worked for myself, doing bits and pieces, as and when. I haven’t earned a lot and I’m forever working around the school run and after school activities. But I’m hoping it won’t always be like this.
DD1 is nearly 14 and DD2 is 12. In a few more years the younger two will also be at secondary school and I will be free to explore more employment options. But in the mean time I’m trying to find a bit more non-clinic work and a couple of weeks ago I saw a link to a job that I could do from home, during hours that could suit me.
I pulled up the application form and began filling it in, feeling excited and optimistic. Then I came to the last ‘question’. ‘Please attach a current CV’, it said.
My heart sunk. My CV was anything but current. In fact, I believe the word I was looking for is ‘defunct’. I didn’t even have a copy of it, as it was last seen on the computer before the one I had before the one I have now.
In desperation, I turned to DH who showed me his CV but he works with computers so that was no help at all. Some of my friends have been in the same boat as me, returning to work after years off, and one directed me to this site. It gave me detailed instructions on how to put together a CV after over a decade out of work, and outlined ways to minimise the gap in my employment history, explained how to put together a personal statement and suggested alternatives to standard employer referees.
I won’t lie, it took me days to piece together my long-ago employment history. I wish I had had a copy of my old CV for this purpose alone. But I got there in the end.
So now I have a CV. I’ve sent off the application but it’s been a couple of weeks now, so I guess this time it’s a no. *Sad face* as my kids would say.
But all is not lost. I still have the work I do for myself, so I’ll soldier on with that and keep an eye out for anything else that could suit. But this time I will have a CV ready to go. I am prepared.
So if you are at home, and are not working for anyone else while looking after children, then see if you can take a moment to put together the bare bones of a CV. Type up your previous employment history at least.
Because you never know when it might come in handy.