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Struggling to find a job after time off to have a family

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CurlieSue Thu 13-Apr-17 01:06:07

Hi, my daughter was born July 2015. I had been working 8 years for my company in my last role and due to very difficult personal circumstances, I had to leave my employment. I've been a stay at home mum ever since my daughter was born, so almost 2 years now. I am desperate to return to work as apart from needing to go out to work for my own wellbeing, as I am struggling being at home day in day out, I have to work for financial reasons and keep a roof over our heads. The problem is that no-one wants to employ me. I've applied for loads of job in my specialist field where I have about 17 years experience but have had no luck. I recently applied as a checkout assistant at Tesco but was uncucessful. My confidence is rock bottom and I think the only thing I am good at is caring for my daughter. I want a job so badly. I will lose this house where we live if I can't find a job. I'm willing to retrain if necessary but I just need to be given a chance. Does anyone have any advice? Thank you.

OdinsLoveChild Tue 18-Apr-17 13:53:13

I don't have any advice but I can say I know exactly how you feel. Ive been off for almost 15 years and cannot even get interviews half the time. Ive been job hunting seriously for 3 years but we can just about manage if I cant find work. At least your experience is fairly recent I used to use a typewriter when I left my last job grin

Don't just apply for roles in your specialist field. Think outside the box, are you great at organising/planning? Try looking for work as a PA or Project Assistant. Do you have skills in CAD then look for Web/CAD design assistants. Do you have finance qualifications or HR? Try a school academy administrator who needs both HR and finance. etc

Just keep plodding along. Apply for anything at all where you have the right skills. Once you have a job you should be able to move on to something more suitable.

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