Case study sent by Crissie
Timewise Jobs and Women Like Us have completely changed my outlook on being a single working mother.
I had almost given up on finding a fulfilling job that also let me be around for my son. In February 2013 my Timewise Jobs job alert came through, with a part time Social Media and Marketing Role for an organisation called 21st Century Tiger, based in ZSL (Zoological Society of London, or London Zoo).
I didn’t want to fire off a generic covering letter and CV. Following the advice on the Timewise Jobs and Women Like us sites, I decided to undertake a targeted social media campaign #crissieandthetigers (bit.ly/CrissieTiger) in addition to my traditional application.
Following a long application process, I’m very pleased to say that I’ve just completed my first month with 21st Century Tiger.
I never thought I would genuinely love my job so much - when my son tells his friends his mummy saves the tigers it fills me with pride. What was brilliant was finding out that my new Manager (pictured with me above) had also been recruited through the Women Like Us jobs board, (now Timewise Jobs) some years ago. Had she not had such a good experience back then, I probably wouldn’t be here now!
My advice to other parents? Don’t feel you have to compromise on job satisfaction just because you have had a child. Applying for every part time job you come across, just because you need a job, can be soul-destroying and unproductive.
The right job is out there somewhere and organisations like Timewise Jobs and Women Like Us are ready to help.