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Good News Monday #5: Why simple goals (both personal and business) create success

A manager once told me in an email that “the last few months have made me acutely aware of how much time we don’t spend together.” This after a pretty challenging year, but one that probably required even more regular catch-ups than ever, due to those very challenges. By that time, along with a lack of individual performance planning, it was unfortunately too little, too late.

Your relationships with your colleagues, whether managers or subordinates are the paths to building strong communication lines of trust, loyalty, and understanding. Without regular conversations, not just about work, we miss the vital opportunity to learn about each other and gain an appreciation for what makes each other tick.

I have always been good at setting goals. Big or small, they help give you a sense of direction both for self-development and for the direction of your company, and after the last 12-months, I reckon we zone in on two key goals that will provide a sense of direction and self-development for you and your business or career.

Action Exercise

What are two key goals you can make this year?
Think one for your personal life and the other for your business/career. With focus and clarity, comes a plan that projects confidence, direction, success, and fulfillment – whether or not you failed or succeeded in achieving your goal.

Nga mihi


Clare Russell
Director | RecruitMum

PS: One of the most important things in your business life is to make sure your staff are motivated. Find out what makes them tick, show interest, support them and you’ve just doubled the time it takes to build trust and loyalty into your culture.

We benefit by developing ourselves in order to build on our own future and achieve our life’s purpose.

 

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Stronger, Together – Mum Stories Amplified

Want to be a part of influencing employers around why we need more part-time, flexible working roles that appeal to parents and Mums?

As some of you know, since July 2019 I’ve been operating RecruitMum as the social enterprise employment service connecting Mums to part-time, flexible work. Now, a lot of the important work I do, (what I call the ‘Heart work’) is around building the case and sharing the story of the difficulties Mums face in finding suitable work, that fits in with their busy Mum lives.

However, in order to tell that story, I need stories! Real-life stories and shared experiences of how you’ve found navigating back into work between having children. The highs, the lows, the best stories, the worst stories…all in aid, to grow employer understanding around what it’s really like for a HUGE proportion of the community to find work that works, for them and what’s more, work they love!

So, to share these stories, I need the beautiful faces of Mothers accompanied with answers to five questions. One face, five answers – is what I need to create a series of stories and social media posts that uniquely and aspirationally get this message across.

This is what I’d love to know:

  1. What was your career like before having kids? (Try to explain what job you did, what an average week looked like, how long you worked, and any qualifications you gained to get there in the first place)
  2. Describe your favourite job/employer to date. (Try to explain what made them your favourite, how did they make you feel to deem them your favourite?)
  3. What single greatest thing have you learned about your journey since becoming a parent? (In your answer explain in terms of transferable skills to the workplace, how has it made you a stronger person, better employee?)
  4. Share a not so ideal experience you’ve had in managing your career, since having kids? (This could be anything in terms of a poorly asked question in an interview, an unfair dismissal, a challenging boss, or an inflexible work culture. Use the STAR method to help you answer – Situation Task Action Result)
  5. If you had the full attention of all the employers in one room, what single message or call to action would you present to them? (Think about what you’d love to change around the employment space for Mums, think about what an ideal world looks like for Mums where there are no barriers to employment or finding work you love and deserve).

If you’d like to be a part of championing change and creating better employment opportunities for Mums (the power is in each of us) then please share your story with me at clare@recruitmum.co.nz with your image (high-quality jpeg or png file please) and answers to the above questions.

Your story will then be shared on either RecruitMum’s Facebook page (about 600 + followers), my LinkedIn account (500+ connections – you’ll get in front of employers!), and/or the RecruitMum Instagram account (100 + followers).

I’m told if you want to go fast, go alone…but if you want to go far, bring others with you.
We’re Stronger Together. Let’s go together. 

Thanks for reading.

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The jobs you want, in a space you want!

Hello Mama!

How are you? Are you okay? Gosh it’s been a tough year, hasn’t it?

A space you deserve
I wanted to get in touch today to tell you about the new RecruitMum Career site that will be launching in a few weeks. The site will be your dedicated space to find part-time, school hours based work and I am so excited about bringing it to you!

The MVP

The original RecruitMum site launched a year ago in October 2019 (designed by a local Mum in my area) in what was really my MVP (minimum value product) – an online brochure if you will, which has helped me share the Mum / Work-life balance, struggle and a place where employers could list opportunities with your needs in mind.

The struggle
It’s been a crazy year for me, trying to manage the business in it’s first 1-2 years while holding down a 20-hr per week job myself and parenting an 8 and 5-year-old! So I have lived and breathed the struggle which for that very reason, makes me your biggest advocate and supporter because I know how freakin hard it all is! I was once 8-months pregnant and made redundant from my full-time job and have lost count of the number of jobs I’ve applied for over the years between having kids and moving cities. This is my story.

We need each other
2020 has been a year of planting a lot of seeds with all you Mums in mind. RecruitMum is a young business, and it’s just me at the helm (if you didn’t know already, you know now). There is still a lot to do in building trust with employers and marketing this wonderful group of talented women. And we need each other more than ever.

Coming soon…
In a week or two, I will be sending a link for you to activate your online account to build your career profile with all the proven experience you’ve built up over the years. Even if you have registered with RecruitMum before, I kindly ask you to register again. You’ll be able to connect with a specific talent pool (i.e. marketing, accounting, administration) while providing answers to your years of experience, industry qualifications, licenses & accreditations, etc) This will mean we can connect you to the right roles faster and easier!

We’re an untapped workforce ready to empower change!
I truly believe Covid-19 came to shake all of us up in varying ways. It has forced employers to think differently about how and where their employees work best. And with you all in my corner, I hope we can create more sustainable working conditions to cement some of these exciting and well overdue changes!

Our voices amplified

Let’s do this together! All in, say “aye”.

Thank you all so much for your continued support. I will be in touch soon with the link to activate your space to connect to the jobs you want!

Nga Mihi,
Clare Russell

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Choose-days Talent!

Looking for top talent this month?

The end of a year and the eve of a new one will naturally see movement in the workplace, as employees review the skills they’ve gained or the ones they haven’t before moving on or out! Here are some of the industries in our talent pool who might create the most impact on our pandemic response with this type of movement…

Recent statistics in NZ ranked Admin Assistants (2nd), Business Analysts (10th), Building Trades (11th), and Civil/Structural Engineering (14th) in the top 20 most needed industries for workers central to the country’s response to the pandemic.

RecruitMum currently offers a range of talent in all four of these industries (and more!), with depth in Administration Assisting along with a pretty cool relationship with NAWIC, in supporting the Construction industry. Contact me, if you want to know more!

Understanding what women want at work

Organisations are boosting their efforts to attract more women as the business case for gender diversity becomes more and more compelling. When it comes to choosing an employer, women’s priorities are often different from those of men, so it pays to know what women want.

Emma Southward, Managing Director of recruitment firm 40 Foot Consulting Limited, did her MBA thesis on gender diversity in New Zealand business leadership and says that “companies with more women in the C-suite have better financial performance than companies with fewer women.”

Laws of attraction data shows men and women share the same key priorities when choosing an employer. Their top priority is:

  • salary and compensation (16.5% men versus 15% women),
  • work-life balance (14.1% women versus 13% men) and
  • career opportunities (12.5% men versus 10.5% women).

Caroline North, research manager with SEEK, says women’s desire for work-life balance and career progression may give employers food for thought.

“Career progression is generally viewed as climbing up a ladder and I think we need to change the way we think about it in order to support flexible working lives as well as what career opportunities and development can actually look like,” she says.

“If it’s only about climbing up a ladder, it becomes very much a full-time worker’s opportunity for growth. How can you develop growth and also part-time work or flexible working?”

What I’m learning…

The global pandemic, other than presenting a shi**er of a year for many, ultimately came to teach us a few things about how we need to change the workforce (among others)! I like to think RecruitMum is part of that change in creating space in encouraging a better-balanced career life for Mums. Creating a service that ensures they can not only play an active role in their kid’s lives, but they can deliver a point of difference to a business bringing much-needed life-skills, soft-skills, proven experience, and emotional intelligence to the workplace to improve performance and growth and fundamentally be far more than just a good hire. It means, that frequently hiring from such an untapped talent pool, will help embed a culture of supporting family and showing your customers and staff that you care about the big things.

If you’re a business who cares about social impact and knows the value of supporting change (as well as being part of it) then drop us a line and let’s learn about each other’s business and find solutions together.

Nga mihi
Clare Russell
Director | RecruitMum