I’ve had an amazing summer with my daughter – the 1st one ever that I haven’t been working. But now as she settles into her new school and autumn is most definitely upon us I turn my thoughts to work…
It hasn’t exactly been the most productive year for me so over the next few months I’m muttering my daily mantra “PERSEVERANCE & POSITIVITY” as I knuckle down and reconnect with old work colleagues, attend networking events and apply for roles which have my name written all over it – (apparently not judging by the number of rejections I have had this year). But as the-font-of-all-knowledge (i.e. my hubby) puts it; it’s a numbers game. When he said this to me the other day it was like a slap round the face as I was licking my wounds about a rejection. It pulled me up short but he’s true. There’s work out there just for me but I’ve got to hunt (stalk?!) it down.
However I take heart form the article I read this morning on The Pool about a 48 year old mother being given an internship at The Spectator. How awesome is that? What’s even better they did not request a CV, name, age or qualifications but they recruited purely on a set of tasks the applicant had to execute.
So where does that leave me as I turn 48 this week too? A friend of mine who used to be in recruitment suggested that I should dumb down my CV if I want to go for less senior, more hands-on roles but I’m not sure how I’m meant to pare back over 25 years experience. Or if I really want to…I don’t mind taking a step back but it’s finding the companies who are forward thinking about recruiting the right person with the best cultural fit irrespective of age, sex and background.
It’s going to be a tough gig but I’ll get there by by-passing the traditional recruitment agency route and and approaching growing brands and agencies where I see myself fitting in and who, in return, will hopefully see the benefit of my experience.
Wish me luck!
Perseverance, positivity, perseverance, positivity, perseverance, positivity, mutter, mutter mutter….
P.S If a recruiter thinks they can help me then I’m all ears