Looking for work
Looking for work can be a shock to the system when you have made a sudden change to your life. If you are separating or have separated from your ex, you might be worried about looking for work or earning enough money to live on. You may also find that living on your own with a child to care for affects the hours you can work, which then effects the types of jobs you can do.
A separation can have a big impact on your life, but how it effects your job is often one of the last things you think of. However, the cut in money income into the home and the increased childcare responsibilities can have a real impact. If you are worried about how this will affect your work, it is best to take some time and discuss it with your employer.
- If you are not able to work full time, consider part time, term time or contract work.
- Your current employer may understand your situation, speak to them and explain your difficulties.
- Check to see if you qualify for benefits and tax credits.
You may find yourself now looking for work after a separation. Looking for work can seem like a pretty daunting task, but there are steps you can take to make it easier.
- Talk to – A Jobcentre Plus Personal Adviser if you are unemployed. Discuss your goals, find out about jobs available to you and discover organisations that can help. You can also register on Universal Jobmatch via Gov.uk.
- Think differently -You probably already have skills such as planning, organising, budgeting and managing people-simply by running a household. Can these skills help you make money?
- Keep an open mind-Try not to rule anything out, it might be a good time to try something new.
Where can I go next?
Mumsnet - Returning to work
Mumsnet offers more tips on returning to work and getting through the first few weeks.
Gov.UK - Finding a job
A variety of links from Gov.UK on all aspects of finding a job
Citizens Advice Bureau - Benefits for people looking for work
The Citizens Advice Bureau outlines the range of benefits you may be able to claim