Being a soon to be first time mom, (Only 7 weeks to go!!) I have taken a recent interest in how mom's balance work/life demands. Because of this, I plan on featuring several upcoming blog posts dedicated to mom's in the workforce. I am a firm believer you can have it all--a great paying flexible job with a balanced work and family life. With a little planning, preparation, and research, moms and even dads can make it happen.
These posts are inspired by a friend of mine who is currently developing a great website just for moms who are looking to re-enter the workforce. Amie is also pregnant and clearly very driven and creative. Thanks for the inspiration!!
These featured posts for moms can also double for many others who are faced with the possibility and reality of altering their work schedules and career goals as our parents begin to age and we become dual caregivers. It is very common for families to have to balance caring for children, a career, and a parent or other family member.
Consider the possibility that as companies look to cut expenses, contract, part time and flexible positions may be an option. Here are some things to consider.
- Update your skills. Take a local course at a community college, vo-tech, and even your local chamber of commerce.
- Find a mentor. Do your research and leverage the resources you have. It is always helpful to get advice from someone who has been there.
- Consider alternatives. Temporary jobs, part time jobs, contract, and freelance are all options to consider.
- Network. Use your contacts to search for unadvertised positions. Having a recommendation from a contact can set you apart from the rest.
- Don't undercut yourself. There is a high demand for qualified accountants, financial consultants, and those that can multi-task. Research the market rate and be prepared to negotiate.
- Market yourself! Get your marketing plan and resume in place with professional business cards and a goal in mind. Be ready to make cold calls and call on family friends and contacts for leads. You need to be prepared to sell yourself. Don't feel uncomfortable. You are your best asset.