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If you’ve taken time off to have children, whether it’s a few months or years, it can be overwhelming to go back to work. But returning to work after maternity leave doesn’t need to be stressful with a few strategies to help you feel more confident on your return. The first - retraining and upskilling, is perhaps an obvious one – but tips two to seven from psychologist and career coach Kristy Levin of The Parents...
At Transitioning Well we always say it is a privilege to work in the space of supporting new parents during what is one of the most special as well as challenging times in one’s life. Having a baby is arguably one of the toughest transitions one will face and returning to work as a new mum comes with its own sets of challenges and opportunities.  About a year ago we began supporting a new mum in a very supportive workplace. She...
With equality and gender diversity being a hot topic among women in business, is it any wonder why women are the top sicky takers and considered less employable? Imagine this ..... You are sitting at your desk, your eye on the corporate ladder and dreams of what climbing it will bring for you; fulfilment, more income, a new car or an overseas holidays. Then your phone rings, it’s your child’s day-care, Little Charlie has...
Being a working mother is an understandably difficult proposition, requiring the combining of both a career and the rigors associated with raising a child. Many times, working mothers may find that they feel pulled between two disparate roles or even struggling to ascertain their true identity. It can truly be a time in a woman’s life that causes her to lose her confidence. However, it does not have to be this way. The reality is that a...
Busy professional parents often find that the “mental load” of juggling kids, life and a career means that making those little changes to boost their financial fitness can fall further down the list. As a working mum also managing a side gig, I have found there are little things that don’t take a huge effort when spread across the year, yet they can make a big difference to the family budget. Annual household provider...
What if I told you that you DON'T NEED TO BE MORE CONFIDENT? It’s a relief, right? I certainly wasn’t born ‘that confident girl’. In fact I was frequently called shy and told that I needed to be more confident, particularly in social settings. A hot tip - for someone who is already struggling with being confident, telling them to ‘be more confident’ reinforces the fact they aren’t, and has...
The doors are opening for women to progress to higher leadership more than ever before, but there's an interesting phenomenon occurring which to me says; forget the glass ceiling, we need to build a whole new architectural masterpiece! Rather than making the changes to wedge that door firmly open by making the modern workplace an environment that women want to thrive in - we’re so exhausted from the climb that we're simply blending...
With over 5% of the population officially unemployed and many mothers returning to work or looking for a new position, securing your next role can be a competitive process. The competition is heightened too when looking for a part-time position or a flexible role providing better work life integration. Whilst applying directly to jobs advertised online via job boards is integral to any job search process, it is important to utilise a range...
IAG is the largest general insurance group in Australia and NZ and they are committed to providing a supportive, diverse and inclusive workplace for all of their employees. They understand the many challenges of balancing work and family and offer a range of benefits to assist working parents. These include a national school holiday care program, 14 weeks paid primary carers leave and a new initiative #myflex to accommodate flexibility needs....
Whether you are returning to the workforce or seeking a new opportunity, interviews can be an incredibly overwhelming experience. An interviewer is going to make initial assumptions of your character based on the way you conduct yourself. Below are our top 5 tips to ensure that you make a lasting impression. 1. Arrive on time and dress the part Plan your schedule so that you can arrive 10 – 15 minutes early. This shows the...
As a mother the thought of returning to work after parental leave and leaving your little ones can be overwhelming. There are many factors you must consider to ensure your return to the workforce is a successful one Below are Working Mothers Connect’s top tips for a smooth transition back to the workforce: 1. Preparation & Planning Adequate preparation and planning are key and we suggest you begin thinking about your...
In today’s competitive job market it is important to put forward a resume that ultimately showcases your skills and achievements in an effective and professional way. Most employers & recruiters will decide within 5 – 10 seconds if they will go forward with your application. First impressions do count. This article will present 5 ways to get your resume noticed by recruiters.   1. Tailoring your resume to...