Seeking Employment: The Lone Parent

Being a single parent is difficult; I can see that; everyone can see that. Essentially, you’ll have two jobs: one will be looking after the children whilst the other will be looking after your children some more. I won’t lie, it’s not an easy job and after growing up in a household with one parent, I understand the complications and difficulties of trying to balance life.

Finding Suitable Jobs To Apply For

Finding employment for single parents shouldn’t be radically different from anyone else applying for work. Finding a suitable job is important because you want to make sure you are in a situation that works for both you and your children. My suggestion would be a part-time job; alongside this, there are various benefits you can obtain but a part-time job allows you to be flexible with your time and control your hours.

Full-time jobs are obviously available but you’ll need to ensure that your child is in good care beforehand.

CV and Covering Letter

Like everyone else, I think it’s probably for the best to keep to what the job requires. There is no need to include the fact that you’re a single parent on your CV as it doesn’t say anything about your suitability for the job (unless you’re applying to work with kids of course).

This is about you and the job; I’m not saying lie but it’s important to get to the next stage. Job interviews are the place to tell them about your situation, but a covering letter is about your own personal skills.

Training Programme

There are courses available for lone parents who struggle at home and need to find work; these courses are designed to prepare the individual for later life. I believe this is a good idea as it develops transferable skills, much like NVQs and Key Skills qualifications, which can make people employable.

For example, the Jobcentre run a special Work Programme which can offer activities and support for single parents and there are many communities which offer help with this issue.

Balancing Life

It’s important to maintain a social life alongside everything else. One of the reasons I bring this up is due to the fact that you’ll need help along the way. Keeping up appearances and friendships can benefit you in the long run and I suggest trying to get out a couple of times a month if at all possible.

Additionally, this will improve your self confidence and in the long run could help you find employment.


It’s important to bear in mind that you’ll need to make arrangements for your children when you’re not around. Orchestrating your life around children usually involves a lot of self-sacrifice and you will need to have your mind at rest so a nanny or a family member are the best options; someone you can trust.

There are many directories that include nurseries, schools and playgroups which could help you out in this situation and I thoroughly recommend considering these beforehand; it’s about what you can manage and support.

Sell Yourself At The Interview

Job interviews are difficult for everyone; I’ve been to many and some have gone well whilst others have passed by awkwardly. The important thing again is to be confident; despite your situation, the best advice I can give you is to remind you of the skills you have. Everyone has something that they’re good at and it’s likely that you’ve got this interview through one of those skills so make it count.

Roos Davies weiting for Lebreton Recruitment the Birmingham Recruitment Agency that will help get people back to work.

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