Being a working mom is one of the most challenging things to balance, given everything you have to give our attention to; it takes time and effort to build the habits successful working moms. I have been working within the Talent Management and Human Resource space for my whole career, 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. What kind of impact do you want to make?
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
LinkedIn is one of the best professional tools you can have. Register your account and update your profile with your experience and skills every 6 months. Remember to use a recent, professional picture.
Potential recruiters often use this platform to scout new talent and it’s also a great platform to network with former colleagues and other professionals in your industry.
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, and you should be careful to 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!
Brush up on your skills
Our world is changing and it’s important to make an effort to brush up on your technical and professional skills. Gone are the days where we could be in the same career for a few decades. I would strongly advise that you enroll for a new course (even if’s a free online one) or volunteer for a project within your department but outside of your normal scope of work. This will broaden your professional knowledge and skills.
Research your industry and the changes that are eminent in the next 1-5 years. Will your role still be relevant? How will you stay one step ahead of the curve?
Get your day started earlier
This one is difficult for me, as I am not an early riser at all. We are all busy moms and it’s already difficult to juggle all the morning duties, especially when you don’t have help. With time and effort, we can build up new habits and eventually get this right Mamas! No CEO wakes up after 7am, they are all early risers.
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. If you have room to negotiate different working hours, that will enable you to start working earlier, so that you can knock off earlier, you should certainly look into that.
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.
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!
Modern Zulu Mom