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7 simple tips on putting purpose back into your week

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7 Hot Tips to Get Through Each Day of Your Week

 

Monday | Mane
Make your bed

Experts suggest that the small effort of making your bed each day (or at least the start of the week) can greatly improve your productivity for the rest of the day by setting the right intention.

BONUS POINTS: When you, your partner or your kids do it TOGETHER!

Tuesday | Turei
Tick off one key job

By ticking off at least one key job from your to-do list, helps you to progress family, life or career plans and enables you to regain a sense of control. Putting pen to paper, although odd in the digital age, is a powerful thing…do this regularly and see how your progress moves.

BONUS POINTS: If you tell your partner, friend, boss or colleague – accountability is imperative in reaching your goals!

Wednesday | Wenerei
Wake up early

Have you heard about the 5am Club? Some people suggest doing this everyday…I’m not! But at least starting with one-day a week (and why not Hump day?) to rise early, walk, run, stretch, meditate and make time for YOU has got to be good. Let’s start this week!

BONUS POINTS: If you manage to get to bed before 9pm on Tuesday night! Because damn you Netflix and wanting time to yourself when the kids are in bed or just because!

Thursday | Taite
Think about your thoughts

You could also call this ‘mindfulness’. Ask yourself what thoughts commonly take up your waking (or trying to sleep) mind? What plays through your head a lot? What’s that incessant ‘itch’ you can’t quite scratch? Dig deep. Stop and think about those thoughts and discover what they’re trying to tell you.

BONUS POINTS: If you open up and share it with a loved one or someone you trust.

Friday | Paraire
Feed the fun!

Just because we’re self-respecting adults, does not exclude us from fun, OR play for that matter. Will the child from within and remember what you love and that which feels fun for you. For me, it’s dancing in the kitchen, dancing with my kids after watching a movie and hearing the preceding words from my 6-yr old son saying “pick me up” because he loves dancing in my arms and I’m a sucker!

BONUS POINTS: If it gets your heart rate going!

Saturday | Rahoroi
Soothe your soul

You’ve made it through the week and now it’s time to make time for YOU! Catch up for coffee with a friend, take a bath, book a massage, get your ‘hair did’, go out for a date with your partner or simply wiggle your bare feet and toes into some fresh green earthy grass – it’s an actual thing…called grounding and I don’t think we do it enough.

BONUS POINTS: If you can keep it under $50…because we’re worth it, but also because we’re adults with bills! ha ha

Sunday | Ratapu
Start family stand-up meetings

Your family (whatever that looks like for you) is your greatest team, your greatest asset and it really does hold true that Together Everyone Achieves More. Any time that suits on a Sunday, start having stand up meetings to schedule the week ahead. Plan with your team, who needs to do what, set priorities, must-dos and nice to-dos, either way, get ALL involved. It’s not your job to take that mental and physical load each week. Ask for what you need and empower others!

BONUS POINTS: If you can involve the kids with around 50% of the responsibility. As parents, we are their biggest teachers and role models, so start them early.

Action Exercise

Implement these actions into each day of your week this week
and see what changes for you. We can do this together!


Te Whare Tapa Whā

Supporting your spiritual, mental, physical
and family Well-being

Till next time…

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Need a slick CV? Have us design one for you!

Did you know RecruitMum can design a CV for you?

Your CV is the very first judgement call (and I’m afraid it is a judgement) that an employer, recruiter, or hiring manager will make on you and your career experience. Unlike a more friendly, human, and face-to-face impression we get to make with someone we meet in person, our CV has the (most) challenging job of illustrating and communicating all that we are and have done in our careers and lives thus far! No pressure, right? So, how’s yours looking these days?

In designing and creating a top CV, you need to consider the following:

  • Design & Format (1-3 pages max, block your content, use a simple font)
  • Content & Structure (capture last 10 yrs, key roles only, contact info, use simple language)
  • Industry Speak (try to appeal to the industry you’re applying to)
  • Link sharing & Contact information (got a LinkedIn profile – we can help with this also!)

…and that’s just scratching the surface. Last month in our Wahine into Work career workshops, we dived into CV creation and shared what it takes to produce a top CV in today’s job market.

Check out the image below which was one of the many slides we shared on breaking down and illustrating all the key, must-have elements in a top CV. You’ll note, we have also included two ‘out-of-the-box jobs under the Work Experience heading… that is 1) Active Job Seeker and 2) Parental Leave – Super Mum Extraordinaire! These examples may not always work in practice (your gut will tell you if it’s right for the role). However, the point of the exercise was to get Mothers thinking about the transferable and valuable skills they gain from Motherhood and how these can be championed (and not apologised for) on your CV. Families are a natural part of life and work needs to work around that!

If you’re interested in having us design a slick CV for you, then get in contact with clare@recruitmum.co.nz. Depending on where your existing CV is at, design fees can start from as little as $150 + gst.

Till next time…

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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.