You’ve decided you want to job share, you’ve mapped your skills, maybe you’ve even got your job share partner all lined up. And you start checking the jobs boards (including ours, I hope). But – what if you just can’t see the right role for you? What if there are loads of full-time vacancies, but none open to job-sharing?
This situation is more common that we’d like. And we’re working away, raising the profile of job-sharing - but for now, it’s not a mainstream solution. So – what next?
Happily, it’s not not a disaster – far from it! In our experience, many, many employers are open to job-sharing, once they’ve explored the benefits and practicalities. And your job is to set them out for them.
This post takes you through how to make a compelling case for job-sharing, and at the bottom there is a link to useful facts and statistics you can download (don’t hesitate to use your own) and insert as you see fit. There is also a link to some FAQs.
We've created Job Share Business Case Blueprint for you*.
The idea is that you take the format, and tweak it for the employer you are trying to persuade. Use stats and data which are specific to them (look at their annual report or just their website) or relevant to their sector; and reflect their language. You might want to pull part of it into a cover note and attach a more detailed appraisal. Either way, you will show them that you are serious, that you have done the thinking, and that you are a hugely credible applicant.
There are four elements:
- Explain what job-sharing is
- Clearly set out the benefits of job-sharing
- Show how you will make it work
- Answer process questions - head off all of the concerns which an employer (either current or prospective) will have
You can read exactly how to do this, and access the stats and FAQs here.