I am a working mom with an incredibly busy family. My spouse
is in the military, I have three active kids, three German Shepherds, and to
round it out, two cats. There is never a dull moment in our house, or a quiet
one at that. My job in recruiting is equally busy and rarely slows down.
Sometimes work takes the majority of my time and other times my family needs
more attention. It is not necessarily an equal balance, but an ebb and flow
between the two. The beauty is in finding how to make it all work so I am the
best I can be in both roles. There have been points though I have had to
adjust. I was working as an HR Director, running a dance studio, and starting a
family. Twelve hour work days were normal and it was not sustainable. It was
time to realign.
I have conversations with candidates who ask how to juggle
it all; whether it is ok to take a step back or if it will hurt their career to
adjust to what they need at this point in their lives. They are smart,
intelligent, and accomplished individuals who have put career progression as
their primary focus. Now they are finding they need a year (or a few) to be
present for family, to help aging parents, or maybe just to take a break after
an incredibly demanding role. There is hesitation to pull back on their career
momentum, but recognize their priorities need to shift in this moment. How can
they position themselves in a positive light to an employer as an asset and not
appear unmotivated while taking a step back in responsibilities?
As our lives change it is never a linear process. There are
ups and downs and it is very rare someone can be entirely focused on their
career 100 percent of the time. It is ok to realign priorities as life changes,
and that can go either direction towards family or career. This should be a
universal understanding, but there is still a fear that an employer might not
find value in these adjustments. Someone taking a step back can be a huge asset
to a company or team. They have an employee that is knowledgeable in their
field, understands processes, and can step in if there are more complicated
issues that arise. For the employee, they can leave at the end of the day
having accomplished solid work and have the ability to focus on what they need
to out of the office. A good team combines great people who are steady in their
role along with those working towards upward progression. Both roles are an
equally important part of team/company success. Be clear in where you are at
and why and how you will contribute to company success in that particular role.
Those explanations will often address any worries from an employer about a
decrease in compensation, responsibilities, or leadership.
At different points in your life it may be time to reach for the stars in your career and other times to consistently tackle what you know. Adjust, realign, and find continued successes in your career.
Monya joined Aureus Group as an Account Manager in 2018 after working as a Senior Executive Recruiter in banking. She has also worked on an internal Talent Acquisition team, served as a Director of Human Resources, and has been a business owner for 12 years. Her combined experience provides a robust understanding of organizational goals, corporate structure, and the intricacies of team dynamics.