FAQ's - General
Your CV remains on your candidate profile on the RecruitMyMom online portal. You will be sent job alerts that match your profile and the skills that you've put into the skills section. Please keep on checking the Current Jobs page on our website and our social media channels for new available positions. You can then apply online if you see anything suitable for you.
A member becomes a Virtual Assistant once they are placed as an Independent Contractor. Be sure to add "Virtual Assistant" under your "Skill Set" on your candidate profile.
What that means is that you must be on the lookout for positions on our website that are for INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS and apply through your candidate profile for the position.
Unfortunately, we can only assist non-South African citizens looking for employment in SA should they have the necessary permits (e.g. Critical Skills Work Visa) in place.
All South African citizens living abroad with a South African bank account can register on the website and apply for remote jobs.
It's best that you put the city to which you are relocating to on your candidate profile so that you can get job alerts for the opportunities in your desired location.
There are a couple of reasons why you might not have been selected for an interview, one of which being that we have a lot of strong candidate applications for the role.
Here are a few tips from our recruitment managers:
- Always respond as quickly as possible to new job adverts as we pride ourselves in a 1-day turnaround with our clients and, wherever possible, we will submit a shortlist from the CVs already received within 24 hours after posting the ad.
- Make sure that your cover letter speaks to the requirements of the job spec and if there is something in the job spec that you have done, or a software programme that you have used but you did not add to your cv before, make sure you update it before you apply.
- Keep trying - the economic landscape is such that it is easy to become demotivated, but it is no reflection on you.
To receive tailored job alerts, follow these 3 quick steps:
Tick the box 'I would like to receive communication and job alerts' under the 'Details' section on your candidate profile.
Check that all the details on your profile are 100% correct.
Add all relevant skills under the 'Skills' section on your candidate profile.
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If you are shortlisted for a role you will be contacted by a recruitment manager and an interview will be scheduled.
If however, your application is unsuccessful, you will be notified via email once the position has been filled and the job has been closed.
All the jobs that are advertised on our website are currently available. Once they are filled they are then removed from the website.
You are able to check whether or not your application has been received by signing in to your candidate portal.
Once you are in your profile click 'Jobs' on the right-hand-side and then 'Applications'. Your job applications will be listed there.
Sign in and click "Apply" for the job you are interested in.
Our software will auto-populate your application from the information in your saved Candidate Portal.
Tip: It is a good idea to ensure that you have filled in all fields, even non-compulsory fields on your Candidate Portal.
At this point, you can delete any older cover letters attached and attach a new cover letter that is tailored to the job you are applying for. Make sure that you use the job title and job number, as you see them on your job speculation, when you save your cover letter to be attached to your profile. The following example is how to name the cover letter document before you attach it to your profile.
For example: "Recruitment Consultant Job #4567 Cover Letter"
This will not delete previous cover letters you have attached for earlier job applications.
Absolutely yes, some of our most talented Moms work remotely. We work actively to attract suitable jobs from across SA and internationally.
We place in-office jobs across South Africa including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and other smaller towns.
RecruitMyMom sources remote jobs for South African moms in the United Kingdom and Ireland among other countries.
During December 2021, we upgraded our software to a new, improved Candidate Portal system. Reset your password by following these steps:
Step 1: Go to www.recruitmymom.co.za.
Step 2: Click on 'Job-Seeker Sign In', then select ‘Pre 2022 account holder - password reset’.
Step 3: Follow the instructions to reset your password and then try to sign in again.
As of 1st January 2020 the new parental leave has replaced the three days paid family responsibility leave when a child is born or adopted.
Parental leave is 10 consecutive days: An employee who is a parent of a child will be entitled to 10 consecutive days’ parental leave. These are calendar days, not working days.
Parental leave is unpaid, however, employees that take this leave may claim benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund if they have been employed for longer than 13 weeks.
Family responsibility leave is governed by the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
This leave applies to an employee—
- (a) who has been in employment with an employer for longer than four months; and
- (b) who works for at least four days a week for that employer.
An employer must grant an employee, during each annual leave cycle, at the request of the employee, three days’ paid leave, which the employee is entitled to take—
- (a) when the employee’s child is born;
- (b) when the employee’s child is sick; or
- (c) in the event of the death of—
- the employee’s spouse or life partner; or
- the employee’s parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, child, adopted child, grandchild or sibling.
Read more about family responsibility leave on our blog.
RecruitMyMom serves a number of employers and job seekers. We offer high calibre jobs for job seekers in many different fields. For employers, we provide the opportunity to list various jobs and find top quality candidates to match.
There is a process for each:
Employers post a job on the site via the Employer’s Page. Job posting and registration is free.
A recruitment manager will be in contact via telephone or email to discuss the job. This person will be your primary contact throughout the employment process.
The job is reviewed to make sure it fits with the requirements of our site, namely the work can be completed in part-time or flexible hours or if it is full-time employment that it has flexible working conditions. Once approved, the job is published in the "Current Jobs" page. Jobs are marketed via email and posted to social media for the RecruitMyMom database.
Candidates apply for the job via the RecruitMyMom website.
For fast-turnaround Virtual Assist positions, our recruiters will select the candidate based on the previous positive experience of having worked with them in the past.
A full table of services per job type can be viewed under Section 2 here >>
Fees are paid upon successful employment of one of our candidates. Fees can be viewed under section 3 here >>
Job seekers can join RecruitMyMom for free as a Job Seeker. You can register to gain access to your personal candidate portal where you can upload your CV, add your skills and other necessary information. Read our blog on how to optimise your profile for the best experience with your job applications.
Tip: Add the address firstname.lastname@example.org to your email contact list so that our emails do not end up in your spam or promotions folders.
Once you have signed in, make sure you complete the online RecruitMyMom profile via the candidate portal in order to be able to apply for jobs. You can also upload a Word version of your CV and the system will parse your information into your candidate portal. This online CV is what we send to potential employers when a job seeker applies for a position advertised on the website. You can view your uploaded CV in your candidate profile by clicking on ‘Resume’ at the top.
Our recruiters sift through the applications and short-list the CV's based on best fit with the job specification.
The Recruiter will be in contact if the employer has requested an interview with you.
If your application was not successful, you will receive an email once the position has been filled and the job has been closed by the employer. It will then also be removed from our website.
We advertise Permanent and Fixed duration roles where the candidate is employed directly by the employer.
We also advertise Independent Contracting roles where RecruitMyMom collects the amount due from clients plus our fee and pays the contractors who invoice RecruitMyMom for services rendered to our clients. As a consultant, you can be appointed to work on several clients at once depending on your availability.
RecruitMyMom is all about assisting skilled Moms to find flexible and part-time meaningful work. All our communication and interactions are geared towards Moms. We do understand that there are stay-at-home Dads too, and we do assist stay-at-home Dads looking for part-time and flexible work. We are looking for career part-timers to ensure that when a client fills a part-time or flexible position, they are not disappointed by a candidate who leaves for full-time employment opportunities.
There are some women who are not Moms and have disabilities which do not allow them to be able to work full time. We do assist these women too as they fall into the category of career part-timers.
Part-time and flexible working can be reduced hours or part of the hours worked from home for a full-time position.
We break it up into two categories, namely, ‘hours of work’ and ‘place of work’. Flexible work hours can be full-time, part-time, or project based. Place of work can be remote, hybrid or in-office. Flexibility is whether or not you need to operate within the traditional 8-5 in the office or if there’s some room due to a variety of circumstances.
For example, as a working mom you could have a full-time, remote role where you have flexible start and finish times or a part-time, hybrid job where you only work mornings and need to be in the office for three days a week.
With flexibility, generally comes a set of core working hours where the employee could either have a flexible schedule for the start and end times that they work, or their work time is entirely up to them as long as top quality work is delivered on deadline.
Flexibility terms are agreed upon during a contract signing phase of employment.
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Here are some more specific questions and answers on flexibility at work:
Define Flexible working and what it means?
Flexible work or flexi work is when a worker is not required to work a standard 8am to 5pm day in the office. The employee can work hours before, during or after this time frame to complete the required work.
Must a certain amount of hours be completed?
It depends. If the employer expects daily, weekly or monthly hours to be filled then this is agreed up front with the employee. If it is an outcomes based assignment, then the hours may be variable and the job complete when the deliverables on the assignment completed.
Is Flexible work always office based?
No, some work can be done from a remote location such as a home office. If you as an employer are looking to retain and hire skilled Moms, then a flexible working arrangement might work well for the employee and the business.
Does starting early or ending late constitute flexible working?
Yes. Most Moms however, would prefer a reduced hour day or the flexibility to complete certain hours/tasks from home.
Why do people choose flexible work?
Employees can adjust their work schedules to accommodate, hobbies, family responsibilities and other personal tasks that need to be undertaken. It saves on travelling time if travel can be done outside of peak traffic congestion.
What are the advantages of flexible working for employees?
An enabling of work and family life integration, more productive, less time spent in the traffic.
What are the advantages for employers?
Higher staff loyalty, higher levels of motivation, less absenteeism, more productivity, less overtime, lower running costs of office space etc.
Are certain people exempt from participating in flexible work?
It depends on the employer, but flexi working is becoming far more acceptable as technology assists employees to work remotely.
Does South African have legislation on flexible hours?
No. The Labour Relations Act does not single out flexible workers. Any person who works for one employer for more than 24 hours per month is covered by the Act.
Section 198B(1) defines a fixed term contract as a contract of employment that terminates on:
· the occurrence of a specific event;
· the completion of a specified task or project;
· a fixed date other than an employee’s normal or agreed retirement age.
· The nature of the work is of a limited or definite duration. (Examples of this is where the person is employed to complete a specific task, for example, a building which may take longer than three months to complete (section 198B(3)(a)).
The protections on fixed term contracts do not apply to:
• Employees who earn R205 433,30 per annum
• Employers who have fewer than 10 employees; or
• Employers who have fewer than 50 employees and who have been in business for fewer than two years unless the employer has more than one business or the business was formed from other existing businesses.
If the employee is protected and the employer has more than 10 employees or has been in business for more than 2 years or has more than 1 business, the duration of fixed term contracts is limited to three months.
You may only extend the duration of a fixed term contract, if there is a justifiable reason for extending the employment of these employees after three months. Examples of justifiable reasons to extend the duration of the contract:
· is replacing another temporarily absent employee;
· is employed due to a temporary increase in work which is not expected to endure beyond 12 months;
· is a student or recent graduate employed for the purpose of being trained or to gain work experience to enter a job or profession;
· is employed to work exclusively on a specific project of limited or defined duration.
· is a non-citizen granted a work permit for a defined period;
· is employed to perform seasonal work;
· is employed on an official public works scheme or similar job creation scheme;
· is employed in a position funded by an external source for a limited period;
· has reached the normal or agreed retire age in that business.
If any of the above is present, a fixed term contract may be extended past 3 months.
- Are we dealing with a protected employee: R205 433.30 p.a?
- Are we dealing with protected employer? Fewer than 10 employees or fewer than 50 employees who has been trading less than 2 years? Or the employer has more than one business.
- If No, limited duration of fixed term to 3 months
- If Yes, then protections do not apply.
Yes, we have several Independent Contractors that RecruitMyMom appoints for more than one contracting or freelancing role at a time. The beauty of contracting independently for RecruitMyMom is that we collect the money from the client for the work that you as a contractor does, and then pay you the contractor.
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We contract your services and skills on behalf of our clients. We set up all the contractual agreements and collect the money due to you after receiving a completed and authorised timesheet for services rendered. As a RecruitMyMom independent contractor, your agreed rate is adjusted upwards to include our service fee to the client.
Independent contractors may not negotiate their own rates, bill our clients directly or offer any other products and services to clients of RecruitMyMom. If a client is introduced via RecruitMyMom, the client remains a client of RecruitMyMom for two years and not the independent contractor.
Contractor rates need to be reasonable and take into consideration the fact that we adjust the rate upwards to include an agency fee.
Read our full Terms and Conditions for more detail.
There are NO FEES for job-seekers on RecruitMyMom.
It is against the law in South Africa to ask any job seeker for fees. As a job seeker, you should never pay money to a recruiter for registration.
Candidates may be asked to complete a consent form for background checks and to furnish us with referee details for reference checks.
It is a standard recruitment protocol to conduct reference checks to corroborate the information provided in your CV with the people that you reported to directly. Potential employers may also request that certain background checks, such as criminal, credit or qualification verification checks are conducted for various reasons. One of these reasons could be that the role requires government security clearances, another could be that the company's hiring policy dictates a clear credit and criminal record for certain roles. Many financial roles today require a credit check.
Finding perfect part-time or flexible jobs for moms through RecruitMyMom is easy.
Register your job-seeker profile on RecruitMyMom. Correctly fill in all the fields on your Candidate Portal.
Make sure your 'professional skills,' 'software skills' and 'education details' under the 'details' section are filled in accurately. If you have given us permission, you will receive job alert emails based on profile matches.
Follow us on social media for daily job alerts.
Click on ‘Candidate Log In’, then ‘Pre 2022 account holder password reset’. On the sign in page, click on ‘Forgot Password’ and follow the prompts.
You will receive an activation link to reset your password. Once reset you can log-in and view your candidate portal details as well as apply for jobs.
RecruitMyMom calls and personally engages with every employer that posts jobs on our website. We do this to ensure that every job is legitimate and worthwhile being on our platform.
For permanent and fixed duration/temporary jobs, the employer will provide you with a Labour Relations Act of South Africa compliant contract. Do not start working without a signed contract in place. The employer can purchase a generic contract from RecruitMyMom if required. The employer is then liable to pay your salary.
For independent contracting jobs such as freelancers and consultants, RecruitMyMom bills the client including our fee and follows up on receiving payment. RecruitMyMom pays all Independent Contractors by the end of the month, provided the money has cleared in the RecruitMyMom bank account.
Once you have created an account on RecruitMyMom you can cancel it at any time by logging in and selecting "Cancel Account," or you can request an account cancellation through the "Contact Us" page.
For Fixed Duration Contracting employment the employer pays your salary directly and must provide you with a temporary employment contract which we facilitate.
For any independent contracting jobs such as freelance and consulting type work, you will be paid by RecruitMyMom for the period of the project once the payment has been collected from the client. You will be required to complete an independent consultant agreement for RecruitMyMom and submit monthly or weekly time-sheets for approval to the client. These together with your invoice are submitted to RecruitMyMom for payment.
The advantage of being a RecruitMyMom contractor is that we build a trust relationship with you and will continue to use your skills for several clients over the years. In addition, you do not have to try and get the money out of the client for work done, we do that on your behalf.
Jobs are removed as soon as we fill the position or an employer informs us that the job has either been filled or has been put on hold.
The joining criteria set out for RecruitMyMom are to ensure that we can confidently advertise to employers that our registered Moms are experienced, skilled and professional.
If you have succeeded in your field of expertise and can demonstrate your experience on your CV and through your skills then we will gladly accept your application.
Match the cover letter for the job you are applying for specifically to the role advertised. Avoid the general phrases such as 'good communication skills' and 'admin skills' but rather look at the key needs in the job speculation and then motivate as to why you are the strongest candidate for the role.
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Your CV and skills on your RecruitMyMom candidate portal profile will only be presented to a potential employer if you apply for a position on our website and your CV fits the job specification. We do not include any private contact details until the interview stage.
If you have already registered and entered your details on our candidate portal, you can sign in and then apply for a job via the RecruitMyMom Current Jobs page.
Go to our current jobs page, click on the job to open up more detail.
On the detailed job page, click ‘Apply’. Then, if you are not a registered candidate on RecruitMyMom you’ll reach a page requesting personal information. This will auto populate the personal information section. View a short video tutorial.
Tip: Make sure all your information is filled in correctly, and make sure you’ve uploaded your Word CV to the ‘Resume’ section. Filling in your skills is how we find you for jobs that match your experience and skills.