5 tips on how to get a job after a long career/maternity break

I had a pretty dispiriting meeting with a recruiter recently where I was talking about ProfessionalMums.net and how I'm trying to increase the amount of female talent in the market by finding flexible roles for women. This recruiter said that he would very rarely look at women that had been out of the market for more than two years because there would be a question mark about whether their skills were up-to-date. By the way, I don't think this … [Read more...]

8 tips on working flexibly and effectively

At work, I manage a team of three.  I am establishing an entirely new function in my organization, I am overseeing my team’s building of our systems and processes from scratch and I’m currently doing a ‘road show’ to various parts of the organization to communicate these significant changes.  A person could easily be fully occupied if they did my job full time.  But I work 3 days a week.  On the days I am at work, I mostly have to run out the … [Read more...]

Assistant Accountant

Professional Mums has a part time opportunity at KPMG in Wellington in the Private Enterprise division.  KPMG is a partner with Professional Mums and a supporter of flexible working and gender equity. The Private Enterprise Assistant Accountant will work as a member of a team to assist with the provision of accounting and financial processing services to one of the largest clients of the KPMG Wellington Private Enterprise team.  This role will … [Read more...]

Back to work: Coping with office life after having a baby

Having a new baby is bewildering for any first time mum.  It can be particularly hard for professional women who are used to being masters of their own domain. However, over the months of maternity leave, we more or less get the hang it, we get used to a rhythm of live based around the ‘feed’, ‘play’, ‘sleep’ routine.  Then comes the return to work. Weeks prior to the scheduled return date, we can start to worry about how much we remember of … [Read more...]

Being a working parent requires endurance

I’m travelling home from a heavy day at work. It was full of meetings and issues.  I achieved a lot today but my head is throbbing and I feel totally spent.  This moment on the train is the quiet in between the chaos.  All I feel like doing when I get home is flopping down on the couch, closing my eyes and resting. But I can't - I'm a working parent. I think about what awaits me when I walk in the door to my house.  My husband will have … [Read more...]

Do men and women think about their roles differently?

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. – Sophia Loren. The other day, as I was coming home from work, I saw in the distance a man crouched down holding a small girl who was pointing towards a woman in a suit and heels. She was rushing towards them. She got to the pair and scooped the toddler up twirling her around and showering her with … [Read more...]

Flexible working – the debate isn’t over even though it should be

I've been researching an article on flexible working and in particular activity-based working (ABW) and how it impacts the property industry. During my research I've been surprised that some people wonder if ABW is a fad and whether demand for office space will increase as we go back to having one desk per person again. It's surprised me because I think of AWB as being part of the larger move towards flexible working where mobility and … [Read more...]

Getting flexible options at work is a two-way street

If you want to have flexible options at work it's worth thinking about it as a two-way street: In work and life we all make decisions and choices, and becoming a parent is one of them. Our workplaces offer a skewed view of parenting where it is typically characterised as a woman’s role. Generally speaking, there are primary and secondary parents, the main carer and a financial supporter. They’re as demanding as each other, but with very … [Read more...]

How to be more resilient

‘Surprises are the new normal; resilience is the new skill’ is a great new post by Rosabeth Moss Kanter which gives an elegant guide on how to be more resilient. Kanter is a professor at Harvard Business School, the author of Confidence and a former Editor of the Harvard Business review. Moss Kanter says “the difference between winners and losers is how they handle losing”. This is a key finding from her research on great companies and … [Read more...]

How to create a winning CV after you’ve taken a long maternity break

Updating your CV after a long career break can be an intimidating task. When you are working it's easy to remember to keep your CV up-to-date, but when you've been out of the workforce for a few years it can be quite daunting starting a CV from scratch. I've put some CVs up on ProfessionalMums.net this month - both CV examples and CV templates from different professions and you can access them here: Accounting - example and template Law … [Read more...]