We know that there are a lot of talented working moms out there who struggle to get back into the workplace after taking time off to care for their families. Shannon is one of them, but she had a secret weapon that made her job search successful (and no, I’m not talking about Snagajob – though we’re certainly glad we helped!).
“Hi Snagajob. I am Shannon, a stay at home Mom who, although has a college degree, has not worked outside the home since 1993. In August, I was looking for par- time job in my town that would fit into my and my kids' schedules.
“I searched on Snagajob and found positions open at my local Ulta Beauty Store. Sounds like a nice place to work and I love being a customer at that particular store. I applied via Snagajob and was called for an interview 1 week later by the store manager. The interview went well and I was hired on that day. I was given a flexible schedule that meets my needs and have been very pleased with the job.
“My advice to other job seekers is to be as flexible as you can be when offering yourself to employers but do not overstate your availability. My current boss told me at the interview that she actually appreciated me being forthright in stating my availability because some new hires state they are available to work ‘any shift’ and then complain later when assigned a shift.
- For your application, attach a resume as well if possible
- Dress nicely for the interview and be on time
- Go in with confidence
- Practice interviewing with a friend or family member
- Check Snagajob website for common interview questions and have an answer at the ready
- I had no work experience from 1993-2011 but I did have many volunteer experiences so I made sure to list those and word them effectively
“I applied to a few other places but the Ulta was willing to work around my schedule.”
What helped Shannon get hired?
She filled employment gaps with volunteer experience.
This is the magic bullet for dealing with gaps in work history: volunteer, volunteer, volunteer. It doesn’t just fill up space on your resume, it also builds experience, gives you people to list as professional references and expands the network of people you know and the jobs that you can discover through networking.
She understood the importance of availability.
No matter how qualified and awesome you are, you aren’t any use to employers if you can’t be at work when they need you there. Employers care about availability, and it’s important to make yourself as available as possible, without promising to work when you can’t.
Congratulations on your new job Shannon, and thank you for sharing your advice.