Finding family friendly jobs can feel like such a challenge.
So many parents I know are waiting for the holy grail of THE IDEAL job. One that is exactly the hours they want. So, they wait … and wait … but it never appears.
How many times have you seen a role that looks perfect, but you don’t apply because the hours you want or need aren’t mentioned in the job advertisement. Did you know that many roles can be negotiated and aren’t always advertised as part-time or flexible?
It is just a case of asking the right person the right questions.
Here are my tips to create the job that suits you and your family.
First things first. Ask.
When you see a role advertised, and BEFORE you apply, ask the employer or the recruiter (if it is via a recruitment consultancy) if they would consider fewer hours or a different working pattern. In my experience, many companies want the right person, and many make adjustments for them.
By law, everyone is entitled to request (not receive) flexible working after they have worked for 26 –weeks. However, you could begin the negotiations early, at offer stage!
Wear a different hat
Consider this process from the perspective of your Manager, and answer any objections they may have. Try to overcome any reasons they could give for saying “No”.
Key areas to consider are:
- What benefits could it give them if you worked from home or fewer hours? Improved productivity is an obvious one.
- Have you got a track record for working remotely or reduced hours? Evidence how it can work.
- Can you highlight improvements to processes or efficiencies; can you suggest technologies that can help with this?
Know what you want
Most importantly, prepare you ideal working pattern suggestion, even at the initial enquiry stage. Is it fewer days, condensed hours, remote working, shorter days, job-share? What is your ideal and then your “fall-back position?”
Consider this process a negotiation, not an automatic right or a Human Resources process and you are more likely to succeed.
So, next time you are reviewing the job pages, just pick up the phone and ask the question. You may be surprised by the reply!
I’m a Return to Work, Career, Confidence and Life-Balance Coach for Parents. I also offer CV and Flexible Working Consultancy as well as group workshops.
Find out about how I have helped parents just like you!