Whether you’re minding young children or taxiing teenagers around, if you’re seeking to get back into the work place, now’s the time to think about it. Or perhaps you’re sitting at a desk in the city wondering how you can cut your hours to spend more time with family? Ten2Two, the professional part-time and flexible recruiter can help.

Deborah O’Sullivan, our Managing Director here at flexible and part-time recruiter Ten2Two, is a big fan of this time of year. Here she tells us why – and what you need to think about if you’re planning a new direction for your career.

“September is a great time for new opportunities. Many businesses increase output during the autumn months once everyone is back from their holidays. We find greater demand for staff during this period and this coincides with a real increase in candidate interest as the ‘back to school’ effect rubs off.

Are you ready for a new challenge?

Many professionals who have taken time out from their careers to start a family use this period as the marking point of the start of their own ambitious new recruitment drive.

Whether it is children starting school for the first time or moving to secondary school, September can also free up many working parents to increase their hours and take on more responsibility.

Flexible staff make real business sense

For professional firms who need more staff, it makes real business sense (financially and practically) to consider flexible workers. For example, employing a professional three days a week reduces the salary investment by 40% without compromise on the experience on offer. And if you’re clear about what you want this person to achieve, a lot can be achieved in 20-25 hours a week.”

Ten2Two’s recent research into what’s changed for flexible working over the past decade revealed many insightful comments from businesses and professionals. Read the full report here. The results offered a wide range of positive comments from working professionals:

“Managers and business owners realise that as long as the work gets done satisfactorily and on time, with clients being satisfied, staff can operate successfully with flexible hours and part-time work.”

There are many formats that work well. The most popular with clients and candidates are school hours over five days or part weeks (3 or 4 full days). Visit the Ten2Two website www.ten2two.org for a list of options.

First steps to success

Our best advice is to consider seeking a new role as a project in itself. It requires time and attention to make sure you make the right choice of role and employer. Start with small steps: decide what your ideal position looks like, review your CV, and if you’re seeking flexibility, register with flexible recruiter Ten2Two.

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