I’ve been working within the Talent Management and Human Resource space for 8 years so trust me when I say I have I seen it all when it comes to job applicants and the general conduct of working professionals. Sometimes, we forget that we are our own brands – every action creates some sort of impact. Is it the kind of impact you want?
There are some things we should always keep top of mind, if we want to breed the habits of success:
Register for a LinkedIn account and update your profile with your experience and skills every 6 months. Potential recruiters often use this platform to scout new talent; it’s also a great platform to network with former colleagues and other professionals in your industry.
You need to show commitment, passion and drive. Never take advantage of your benefits and privileges. You may have an employer that offers flexible working times or hours, never abuse this. Save your ‘working from home’ days for really big occasions and important events in your children’s school calendar. Always making excuses of any kind to miss work is NOT a good look!
Make an effort to brush up on your skills – enrol for a new course (even if’s a free online one) or volunteer for a project within our department but outside of your normal scope of work.
Get your day started earlier – I know that we are busy moms but that’s because it’s important and I know we have the will-power to eventually get this right Mamas! No CEO wakes up after 7am, they are all early risers. Besides, the kids need to get ready and be taken to school. Get to bed earlier, so you can wake up earlier, get to the office earlier and have a more productive day. Late-coming can make a bad impression at work. This year, I’ve decided to sign-up my little man with a school shuttle so that I can work later in the afternoons when needed (coz I’m not winning the Jozi morning traffic battle).
Get a mentor – this is one of the best things you can do for your career. We all have people we look up to professionally and you would be surprised how many of those people are willing to lend an ear from time to time to offer professional guidance. Don’t stagnate and get too comfortable. Yes, you’re a mom, but a fulfilling professional career is also important.
While you’re at it – start networking more. Look up industry and local networking events and set aside one evening a month to attend. Take your business card, you never know which industry contacts you’ll meet. Invite a friend to make it double as Moms night out!
What are your career goals and good habits? Would love to hear all about them!
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Modern Zulu Mom