Balancing the Grind with Mitch King, Head of Talent at Mutinex

Mitch King is the Head of Talent at Mutinex, a software company anchored around our platform, GrowthOS.

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Let’s start with your background! Can you share with us your career journey and what you’re currently up to?

Like everyone that is in recruitment, I very much fell into it in my early 20s when I was trying to start my marketing career. I did that for a long time but the aspects of it that I enjoyed the most were more geared to what internal talent teams do – selling the company story, running good processes and seeing those good hires develop – so I made that change a few years back.

I have a particular interest in the tech and product space, mainly due to my own tendencies to try out any new tool I see that looks promising. I’m currently heading up Talent for Mutinex, a B2B SaaS marketing platform that is empowering marketing teams.

We’d love to know what a typical day is like for you. Could you describe a recent workday?

I have just introduced a new ATS (applicant tracking system) so we can better track and manage our interview processes. I’ve spent a lot of the last week getting familiar with how to use it and set up templates and frameworks for our processes. In between that, I’ve been searching for people for our priority roles, sitting in on interviews with hiring managers and speaking to people about potential roles at Mutinex.

Can you define work-life balance for yourself and share with us your approach in maintaining it?

I’m a fully remote worker which is a big factor in my work-life balance. I value the ability to drop my kids at school or walk my dog on my lunch break so being able to block out that time and then get my work done at all hours works for me. I spent many years doing 1 + hour commutes each way and I’d much rather get that time back to either work or spend time with my family.

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Change is constant, and it’s essential for growth. Have you made any lifestyle changes in the past year to improve your work-life balance?

While I’d love to say that I’ve started waking up at 5am and going for 10km runs followed by an hour of meditation and ice baths, I’d be lying. Shifting to remote work a few years ago has been the biggest change for me and probably the biggest factor in increased mental health.

We’re always on the lookout for new resources! Can you recommend any books, podcasts, or newsletters that have helped you in your journey towards balance?

The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku. Eddie has an incredible life story and I listened (the audiobook version is really good) to this during the peak of lockdown in Melbourne and it really shook me out of a slump and was a good reminder to appreciate what we had. 

Before we wrap up, do you have any final words of wisdom or insights on work, life, or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

The older I get, the more I realise that a lot of the people we look at and think know it all or have everything under control, are often the opposite. Don’t compare yourself to others, don’t strive to be what you think others want you to be. Set your own measurements for success and happiness. 

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.