Shalom uvruchim haba-im to the Twenty-Fifth Learn Hebrew Pod Newsletter.
The Job Interview
Research tells us that getting a job is actually all about presentation, or to put it otherwise: it's 30% skills and 70% presentation. There's a wealth of information for and tips on how to prepare for a job interview. What to do before and during the interview. Not least for ima-ot tri-yot (new moms- literally fresh mothers) who are looking to enter or rejoin the maagal haavoda (the job market – literally the job circle).
Accepted wisdom has it that you have to do your homework on the prospective employer before you get there. Know your resume. Project confidence (body language, sfat guf is as important as what you say.) Don't mumble or stumble on your words. Be prepared to answer awkward questions (like stating your weaknesses) and dress well…and you have to ask the right questions.
As a new mom you have to be able to answer questions like: how do you spend your leisure time when most of that leisure time is spent chasing your toddler. Or if your child is still a baby and you are an ima menika (a breastfeeding mother) managing between feeds, changing nappies and catching up on those many sleepless hours.
As a mother of young children you have to be able to demonstrate how you'll time manage and discharge your responsibilities at work not being constantly distracted by responsibilities at home.
Employment advisers agree – you have to turn what seems at first a disadvantage into an asset.
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