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Top tips: how to get promoted

Top tips: how to get promoted

Jobs may be harder to come by at the moment so now is the time to consider honing your skills for the next step up the career ladder. Working Mums has some tips for how to plan your promotion.

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Preparing for a second job interview: The do’s and don’ts

Preparing for a second job interview: The do’s and don’ts

You’ve been called back for a second round and now is your chance to secure your dream job, so don’t blow it. See our workingmums.co.uk tips on how to impress your prospective employer.

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Returning to work? How to build confidence and brush up your CV and skills

Returning to work? How to build confidence and brush up your CV and skills

Lacking confidence? Scared of returning to work? Taking time out to have your family does not have to mean career suicide and skills and confidence can be re-built. Workingmums.co.uk talked to careers expert, Linda Whittern about where to start.

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Why distance learning may be best for busy mums

Why distance learning may be best for busy mums

Most of us are familiar with the idea of learning in a classroom environment, having spent a great part of our younger years at school. Some people find this an overwhelmingly positive experience, whereas others can't wait to leave compulsory education. For many distance learning might be the way to catch up, says the Home Learning College.

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I want a career that fits in with caring for my special needs daughter: Ask the expert

I worked in the City and West End for 20 years as a secretary and for the last five years have been a full-time Mum.  My daughter has special needs and will soon be going to a special school full-time.  I need to find a job as, financially, we can't afford for me to stay at home any longer.  I receive carer's allowance and tax credits; my daughter receives disability living allowance but unfortunately the combination of benefits and my husband's salary just doesn't cover all the bills.  My problem is that one of my daughter's special needs is that she has episodes of severe vomiting which can last for days and quite often we have to get her into hospital so she can be put on a drip.  I never know when she is going to be ill (sometimes she can remain well for months, other times only a few weeks) and each time I need to care for her full-time for a week.  My daughter has had many tests done but still no cause or cure has been found for the vomiting.  I tried typing from home part-time a year ago but my boss had to let me go as I just couldn't do enough hours because of my daughter being ill/hospital tests etc. I need to work but what employer is going to be understanding about me needing so much time off? Apart from when she is ill I have many hospital/consultant appointments I have to attend with my daughter which would mean taking more time off.  Even if I work from home I will still have deadlines to meet.  Could you give me any advice on what I could do/who I should approach?  Also, when applying for a job I don't know whether I should mention my daughter's special needs and warn them I might need to take time off at short notice.

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