Single Parenting: Finding Your First Career

Single Parenting: Finding Your First Career

Many single parents may find themselves starting a first career later in life than others. 'Cause, let's face it, juggling raising children on your own with working, going to school, cleaning, getting dinner on the table and keeping your sanity in check can be a huge feat that can take many years to complete. If you're in that boat, starting a first career much later than your peers can seem like you're climbing Mt. Everest, not like you're applying for a job. But it is possible; let's take a look at some tips and tricks!

Realize That You Are Deserving

Even before applying for that first job, it's important to take some time to assess yourself as a professional. You have mad skills that will be an awesome fit for a workplace, but if you don't realize what a wonderful catch you are as an employee, it'll be hard to convince your would-be boss in an interview that you deserve the job.

So take a few minutes to figure out where your strengths are. Even without years of experience climbing the traditional employment ladder, you've put in time as a parent, a student and a professional, and you should be recognized for these skills. For example, if you've juggled your busy schedule with your kids', you've already put in years as a scheduler/receptionist. In another example, if you've spent countless hours helping with homework, you've honed some interpersonal skills that can transfer to a workplace manager.

The point is: if you haven't been working in an office for the same number of years as someone on a traditional timeline, you've still been developing skills that could help you land an interview. Recognize it! It'll only be a matter of time before a prospective employer sees your confidence in your abilities and your professionalism shine through.

Start to Apply

Once you've taken the first crucial step of assessing your abilities, it's time to make your resume shine. Here, take some time to punch up your resume through professional language. Creatively listing your years of experience in home, schooling and professional development can help you appeal to an employer.

For example, you could list the years of struggle in a positive light by stating: "As a self-motivated individual, I single-handedly raised three children while attending college full-time, working part-time, and developing my professional skills." When listed this way, your struggle sounds more like the impressive accomplishment that it is, making your drive and passion very appealing to many employers.


Interviewing for the first time for a fully professional position in your chosen career can be downright scary, but if you take some time to prepare, you can come out on top. First, enlist the help of a friend and make your way through a mock interview or answer some test questions in front of a mirror. Then pump yourself up by reviewing all of the reasons that you are qualified for the position. The key to interviewing well is confidence, so use whatever confidence booster works for you.

Finding your first career doesn't have to be as difficult as it first appears. By identifying your strengths, emphasizing your professionalism and experience, and practicing your interview, you can land the job of your dreams after your many years of hard work.

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