As a single parent, it’s important to search for jobs with two things in mind: good salary and flexibility. Couples raising children are able to rely on one another to juggle work and personal life, but single individuals may not have someone they can turn to when a child gets sick, has a surprise commitment, or has individual needs. If you’re expecting every employer to understand when one of these things come up, you’re probably setting yourself up for disappointment. Unfortunately, many employers expect you to prioritize professionalism above all else. If you go into the job search looking for a position that fits the needs of your unique lifestyle you’re much more likely to find success. Once you determine what you’d like to do, consider if you need additional training for it to qualify as a candidate for that job. If so, keep in mind that there are many assistance programs that help with money for college.
Do Your Research
Identify which jobs offer the most flexibility and highest salary in vocations that would suit your skills and personality. Do a search for jobs that are a great fit for working mothers, and also companies that are a great fit. You don’t necessarily have to have a high-power career to be successful and live a happy life. In fact, some mothers may prefer to take an assistant job if it pays the bills and they’re working for an excellent company.
If Necessary, Continue Education
School is expensive, but it’s also an investment. In most cases, it will drastically increase the amount of money you’re able to make in a given profession. The best jobs for single parents tend to include positions in sales, public relations, healthcare, and real estate. Education is also on the list, although it may be a little more difficult to make a suitable salary. A few of these professions only require a certification in order to enter the field. Others require a degree in that specialization. Factor into your decision how willing and able you are to take on another degree. It may be that a certification is a better choice for you.
Don’t be Shy
During the interview process, don’t be afraid to be shy about your personal life as a single mother, but also be tactful in how you speak of it and don’t lead with questions about flexibility. If you’ll need opportunities to work from home or the flexibility to attend to children’s needs, your employer needs to know that in order to be sure hiring you would be a winning situation for both of you.
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