When you are looking for help with your job search, I know you need simple information that comes to easily to hand.

‘A Mum Full of Dreams’ is the story of my journey looking for work, but I also really want people to be able to benefit from the experiences I’ve had.

So, on each page I am summarising my best bits of advice just for you, in my ‘Five things that worked for me’ tick-lists.

To make it even easier… I’ve also featured those lists below:

Please do let me know if they work for you!

Five things that worked for me… when I was made redundant:


1.       Don’t panic. As hard as it is to remember this, worrying too much about what will happen next piles on too much pressure. You’re already going through enough.

2.       Give yourself some space. There is so much to take in at the moment, you can’t expect yourself to think straight just yet. Chocolate and Netflix are your friends.

3.       Don’t tell everyone straight away. For a couple of weeks it was only my best friends and my partner who knew what had happened to me. Finding the words is too hard and it’s not necessary to put yourself through that.

4.       Write a list of things you want to do with the time you have now. It feels superficial at first and you’ll hate being positive, but it really does make you feel better once you get started.

5.       Surround yourself with people you love and trust. They’re the ones that are there through thick and thin and now is the time for them to do their job for you. Ask them to bring wine.

Five things that worked for me… when I had to start again:

1.       Take time out. Clear your diary and book some time away. It doesn’t have to be far and it doesn’t have to be for long, just make sure it’s somewhere you know you can relax.

2.       Log off. Leave your phone behind so you can’t access your emails, sign out of social media and give your head a break.

3.       Do nice things. I was spoiled for choice in Cornwall, but being made redundant also gave me time to explore where I live – there are so many places to visit in Leeds!

4.       Allow your mind to wander. When was the last time you had the chance to sit and daydream? To zone out completely? Find a quiet beauty spot and do it.

5.       Get a notebook. Your head will be swimming with things you want to do, so every time you think of a job write it down. But then you must put the list to one side and forget about it (for now).