One of the biggest stumbling blocks for many mums after a long stint out of the workforce is a lack of recent experience to list on their resume. There’s a real skill to writing a killer resume, and it pays off to put the effort in. At the CareerSmart Mums workshops,...
t’s November. We’re nearly at the end of Spring, but if you look closely, there are still things in the garden only just coming into bloom. And how glorious they are.
Sometimes, when you’re knee-deep in motherhood, it’s easy to feel like you’ve missed all your chances. The thought of ‘starting again’ at a mature age can be overwhelming. But look more closely – all around there are examples of women who have re-invented themselves and taken flight, just when everyone else is slowing down. I hope you are as inspired by these ‘late bloomers’ as I am.
There’s no denying that technology is having a huge impact on recruitment processes. One trend we’re seeing is employers moving to an online format for interviews. This format is often used for the initial screening of candidates, but it is also sometimes used in place of a face to face interview. Video interviews are increasingly popular because they make the whole process more efficient for employers.
Most recruitment processes require you to provide a recent referee. During the selection process, employers like to speak with a former supervisor for feedback on your past performance, and verify of the types of duties you’ve undertaken in previous roles. But what should you do if you don’t have any recent referees? This is a common issue for return-to-work mums who have taken a career break.
When I first started the CareerSmart Mums workshops, a common complaint amongst the participants was that employers would not recognise the skills they had gained during a parenting break. I disagree! If you’ve had a significant break since your last paid employment, it can be vital to present the current skills you have obtained in a non-work context.
There are many reasons we don’t tackle the things we need to do to make change or move forward in our lives.
Fear that we will find it too hard, fail or disappoint someone. Or our inbuilt perfectionism holds us to impossibly high standards that cause us to not even try. Or sometimes, we have a fear of success: we procrastinate to protect ourselves from higher expectations that will ensue after we do well.
Write down your last ten thoughts. Were they positive? Or do they tell a different story? Our thoughts, the inner dialogue we have with ourselves, is a powerful voice in how we see ourselves and engage with the world around us. So often, I see return-to-work mums...
We all know that motherhood is a juggle. Homework, housework, kids’ activities, laundry, paying bills, grocery shopping - apart from the time commitment and logistics involved in modern family life, there’s the mental load of organising, planning and scheduling....
Children are a delight, aren’t they?
Whether the kids are off to kindy or school, or you just need something more, for mums with a new-found passion for working with children, a career in the teaching or childcare sector can offer some real benefits.
Many return-to-work mums have contributed to their local community by volunteering at their local school, kindergarten or through charity work. Not only can these roles provide great transferable skills, they can also be an introduction to working in the not-for-profit sector. If you enjoy working in this type of environment, perhaps you should consider a career as a professional fundraiser.
We get it. As a return-to-work mum, sometimes all you want is a bit of extra income until you’re ready to re-launch your career. Or maybe you’d like to help the family budget along with some casual work while you’re studying for your next step. Some jobs might not fit...
As a return-to-work mum, caring for others is probably second nature to you. But it can also be a great career choice.