Returning to work after maternity leave or an extended career break? Heed the 5Cs:
Clarity, Credibility, Communication, Connections, Collaboration
Watch two fictional political women show us how to think big, start pay conversations and push each other on. 20 seconds. Well worth it.
In this post I’m exploring the power of the question “What’s the best that could happen?” It crumbled Natalie’s resistance to do something uncomfortable that could get her not-for-profit enterprise off the ground. It’s a great story.
A CV that is polished, to the point and relevant to the job you are applying for is likely to get picked out by a busy recruiter and research by academics Christa Wilkin and Catherine Connelly suggests voluntary work is beneficial, so long as it’s relevant. This is likely to be very good news for women and men who’ve taken a career break to raise children and have spent time in unpaid roles in their wider communities. In their study, Wilkin and Connelly provided 135 professional recruiters with CVs that differed systematically in the types of experience they reported. Some contained purely paid work, others purely voluntary work and others a mixture.
Once the preserve of women at the lower end of a company’s org’chart, job-sharing is now happening in the upper echelons of management. At least it is if you know where to look or more importantly if you know how to ask. I wonder if that appeals to you or your colleagues? If it does, read on and please forward this month’s working motherhood musing to those bright minds.
The horse's mouth
Coachees on how they've benefited
“It’s been remarkable – a huge impact on my personal and professional life.” Nicky’s getting better results from her team, she’s confidently approaching difficult conversations and is fulfilling a secret ambition to write a book. Read how Agnes, Dani, Andrea and Emmy say they’ve benefited from a short spell of coaching.
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