Interview with a Working Mum – Heather McGiddy

Katie Barillaro
By: Katie Barillaro
Category: Interviews

Meet Heather McGiddy – an Executive Assistant who also manages her own business around her family commitments. We asked Heather about her experiences as a working mum and how she found the job search process when looking for flexible work.

Tell us about yourself…

I’m a natural organiser who enjoys bringing more order to the mayhem that comes with life with a young family. I have two primary school aged children, a husband who is hands-on as a father and as a family we love playing football (soccer). I play futsal twice a week and I believe that as a mum it’s important to set a positive example of knowing how to have fun, challenge yourself and keep healthy. I’m the Secretary of the School Council because I love our community and want to contribute my skills to the governance of the school.

What made you apply for your current role?

I had been looking for a role that offered flexibility, complimented my skills and offered a high degree of autonomy.

“I sought out JustMums Recruitment because I knew they are all about connecting family-friendly employers with mothers looking for positions that synchronised with their family life, it’s that balance that we are all trying to find.”

What attracted me to the role the most was finding out that OR Technologies really walks the talk when it come to flexibility, they’re intent on having happy people, doing their best work; they have embedded this approach into policies and into practice.

How did you find the job search process?

This was an interesting process for me, as I was updating my resume and making sure that it reflected my personality, I found that by articulating my achievements I was reminded of how capable and how much potential I have. I thought “I would hire me”! It was a very self-affirming and it gave me a confidence boost. I appreciated the time that Erin took to talk me through the position and help me understand more about OR Technologies. The process was very transparent, very open and while the waiting isn’t fun, I knew I’d given it my best shot.

What advice can you give to other Mums looking for flexible work?

To invest in their resume and while doing so, take the time to reflect on how much you have achieved in paid or unpaid work; managing a household requires skills.

“Pay attention to how capable you are, how your personal values contribute towards the way you work and let that show when you have an interview.”

Ask for help with your resume or application if you’re not feeling comfortable with it. I highly recommend JustMums Recruitment, the companies they choose to work with really get family life and flexible working arrangements.

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Katie Barillaro
About Katie Barillaro
Katie joined JustMums in July 2018 as our Marketing Consultant and brings more than 20 years traditional and digital marketing experience to the team. Katie has previously worked for large recruitment brands and is a busy working mother balancing career and family.

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