Juggling Kids, Clients and Candidates. Anything’s Possible for a Recruiting Mum!

By Paul Slezak - Sep. 13, 2012
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Many women in the recruitment industry worry about their ability to gain employment once they have been out of the workforce for a few years raising their young children. They also find the idea of juggling a career and a family completely daunting.

The Guilt

Worse still, the guilt many mums place upon themselves believing that they are in fact neglecting their kids by returning to work adds to the distress and angst created by the whole situation.

Why is it that before they had their child(ren), these women were successfully climbing the corporate ladder within some of the most reputable recruitment agencies, and yet just because they have a child climbing all over the furniture at home they believe they can’t get back on board?

Having children doesn’t mean they have lost these skills at all. If anything, as mums, they have developed an entirely new set of skills (including taking multi-tasking and project management to an entirely new level!) while being out of the corporate environment. So why shouldn’t they be able to step right back in?

The Mental Stimulation

Women in the recruitment world have always been confident, driven and very ambitious. They don’t necessarily want to stay at home watching the Wiggles, Dora or Hi 5 with their kids every day. They crave the mental stimulation from working with clients and candidates and generally staying dialled into their industry and maintaining the sense of accomplishment from placing great candidates in great jobs.

Research has shown that around 85% of today’s mums are wanting to get back in to work (at least on a part-time basis) once their kids have started kindergarten or pre-school. While there are certainly some recruitment agencies able to offer part-time roles for experienced recruiting mums, unfortunately not all agencies are geared up to having a part-time workforce.

The Perfect Solution

But these recruiting mums no longer need to return to the traditional recruitment world. They can work from home as an independent recruiter instead. They can work their hours around taking their kids to school and picking them up, attending piano recitals, school plays, swimming and athletic carnivals, prize giving ceremonies, and even being available for their children’s orthodontic appointments.

They can be set up at home, working with interesting clients, charging them for the hours they work on any recruitment projects, and even screening their candidates via high quality video interviews. No traveling into the city and no pressure or stress to meet KPIs. It really is recruitment re-invented.

There are plenty of recruiters who have made the conscious decision to press pause (as opposed to stop) on the metaphorical corporate treadmill, to have a family, spend time with their kids, get them into primary school and then get back into the industry.

Fortunately their chance of finding the perfect opportunity in recruitment and getting their career back on track is now a whole lot easier than it has ever been.


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Cofounder and CEO at RecruitLoop. I've been a hands on recruiter, manager, trainer, coach, mentor, and regular speaker for the recruitment industry for nearly 25 years.


Paul Slezak

Cofounder and CEO at RecruitLoop. I've been a hands on recruiter, manager, trainer, coach, mentor, and regular speaker for the recruitment industry for nearly 25 years.

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