|Volume 08, Issue 04||ISSN: 1528-9443||May 21, 2007|
| We’ve positioned this issue between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day because its focus is on easing the transition back into the workforce for parents who have been staying at home with their children.
New contributor Sharon Reed Abboud writes about re-entering the workforce after a period of stay-at-home parenting. Kelly Watson tells how parents can strike a work-life balance. And in our Q&A interview with Nancy Collamer, founder of jobsandmoms.com, Collamer tells what inspired her to found her site and summarizes her advice for working parents.
We’ve also added a new section to Quint Careers, Career and Job Resources for Parents — Working and Returning to Work Moms and Dads.
Whether or not you’re a parent headed back to the workforce, look for jobs and more in our job-search portal.
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–Katharine Hansen, Master Resume Writer, Credentialed Career Master, Certified Electronic Career Coach, and editor at email@example.com
| 8 Surefire Tips for Stay-at-Home Parents to Jump Back into a Career
by Sharon Reed Abboud
Transitioning back to work can be difficult for long time stay-at-home parents. Often transitioning career-seekers have lost touch with their professional network. They send their resume in response to job ads and usually end up without a job or with a job that is below their professional level. There is a better way.
Job-seekers who have been home for three, five, or even 10 years or more can ease into a professional job if they strategize their job search carefully. By considering the eight factors win our full article — with advice from some of America’s career experts — most transitioning career-seekers should be able to jump right back into the professional work force.
| A Parent’s Choice: Five Tips To Achieve Work-Life Balance
by Kelly Watson
Most women struggle with their ability to achieve balance ‘ especially moms who are consistently juggling responsibilities to meet the needs of many constituents ‘ husbands, children, ailing parents, kid’s schools, church and volunteer commitments and even employers. Work-life balance all starts with feeling confident about the choice you make regarding career and raising your children.
Parents can choose among three different paths:
While the choices of continuing the career or stepping off are usually consciously made, the nebulous hybrid solution is often a product of actually failing to choose. The key to becoming balanced is to first make your choice intentionally. Women who are torn between two worlds and feeling they have little or no control over their lives ‘ both at work and at home ‘ are most often operating without a key ingredient ‘ a life plan.
| Nancy Collamer, career consultant and founder of Jobsandmoms.com.
In our Q&A interview with her, "jobs and moms" expert Nancy Collamer encapsulates her advice to parents returning to the workforce with these three tips:
1. Plan for success: By taking courses, improving your skills through challenging volunteer assignments or building your marketability through a portfolio of project work, your odds of a successful re-entry job search are strong.
2. Know your value: The way you position yourself in the marketplace will be critical to the way you are perceived and compensated. Aim for jobs that are a suitable fit for your skills and
| background. Being able to negotiate from a position of value, instead of from a place of need, will help you land the best job possible.
3. Trust your strengths: If you believe in yourself and can articulate your strengths, that confidence will serve you very well during this process. Apply for jobs that you believe you can do, prepare a convincing presentation and then go after those jobs with confidence and conviction.
Collamer also discusses ways to find your career passion, overcoming discrimination, and how to find job leads. Read our full Q&A interview with her.
See all of QuintZine’s archived Q&As with experts.
This site is for full-time working professional, women who have taken a few years away from the workplace, and organizations looking for high-quality professional-level talent.
Career coach Nancy Collamer, the subject of our Q&A interview, founded the site as a result of her telephone counseling work and the experience she gained advising millions of women online as the "Jobs and Moms Pro" for Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Media.
The site has helped hundreds of women to create more fulfilling and family-friendly career paths.
The site offers these sections and features:
See all our featured Quintessential Sites.
| Are you thinking about engaging the services of a professional writer for your resume, CV, cover letter, thank-you letter, or other career-marketing correspondence? Before you take this step, consider how a professional resume writer could benefit you.
Take our quiz to determine your need for professional writing services: Could YOU Benefit from a Professional Resume Writer? An Assessment for Job-seekers
Visit Quintessential Resumes & Cover Letters for your job-search correspondence needs.
| CareersInAudit (CIA) — a job site for auditors in Europe, where job-seekers can search job listings (by job type, keyword, location, language, industry), as well as post your CV and profile, register for a job alert system, track your applications, and find a recruiter. No cost to job-seekers.
Earthworks-jobs.com — a great job site for all things environmental, including jobs in oil, energy, mining, geoscience, seismology, earth science, environmental science, agriculture, forestry, ecology, plant science, meteorology, oceanography, geography, hydrology, soil science, GIS, geomatics, renewable energy, and related subjects. Job-seekers can browse or search (by keywords) job listings as well as post your resume. No cost to job-seekers.
JobSimply — a job site offering job listings that include part time jobs and hourly jobs in retail jobs, hospitality jobs, restaurant jobs, teen jobs, part-time jobs, seasonal jobs, cruise ship jobs and summer jobs. Job-seekers can search by industry, location, and keywords. Includes a nice collection of career tips. No cost to job-seekers.
odinJobs.com — a meta-jobsite for IT professionals featuring the largest collection of IT job postings — collected from thousands of other job and employer site. Job-seekers can search for jobs by skill(s) and location. No cost to job-seekers.
Find ven more career and job site additions to Quintessential Care rs by visiting o r Latest Additions section.
| Employers Go Extra Mile for Mothers
A column by Teena Rose
Guilt is one of the biggest side effects working mothers have to deal with, so it’s certainly nice when a company comes along that goes the extra mile to support them.
Roughly 77 percent of women with school-age children (6-17) work, according to government statistics, while 67 percent with children under 6 years old are employed. Therefore, finding a mother-friendly environment is crucial for many working women.
Working Mother magazine puts out the quintessential list every year of the 100 best companies for working women. These employers stand out in many ways, but the No. 1 benefit working mothers look for is flexibility. Since companies realize they’ll either lose or won’t attract qualified female employees without providing customized schedules, a growing number are thinking creatively to meet the demands.
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| The perception of women in the workforce generates significant controversy, and although it has improved over time, acceptance of the female executive may not be as widespread as most men attest. This finding was recently reported by co-authored by Baylor University’s Dawn S. Carlson and K. Michele Kacmar of the University of Alabama in "What Men Think About Executive Women" in Harvard Business Review.
In 1965 a survey of 2,000 executives, half men and half women, was taken to find the male and female attitude toward executive women. The survey was representative of the executive population in the United States and was performed again in 1985. In 2005 the same survey was given to 286 executives and analyzed once more.
According to the survey, men’s attitudes about executive women have increased to the point where they are equally favorable when compared to women’s responses. Similarly, the attitude of men toward working for executive women has soared over the past 40 years to now be relatively equal to that of women.
Where differences begin to emerge in attitudes is with the belief that the business community will never fully accept female executives. Women today have less faith than men that they will be accepted in executive roles. Females also feel more strongly that they must be exceptional to succeed.
In general, supportive attitudes of women as executives have increased significantly since 1965. But the present research found that men tend not to acknowledge that females still face barriers for success-even though women say they still encounter them. Since women hold fewer than 20 percent of corporate officer positions in Fortune 500 companies, and only eight of those companies have female CEOs, the authors conclude that, "on the likelihood of full acceptance and the necessity of exceptional performance… men’s perceptions are overly rosy."
In her book, Mother Leads Best: 50 Women Who are Changing the Way Organizations Define Leadership (Dearborn Trade, March 2005, ISBN 0793195187), Moe Grzelakowski exposes several myths about mothers, leadership, and career advancement.
Myth #1: Motherhood will make it more difficult to get to the top.
Myth #2: Mothers are opting out at alarming rates.
Myth #3: To become a CEO, you must carefully plan your career and life around your goal.
Myth #4: Women who have to leave work because of family problems become bitter and resentful.
Myth #5: If I do take a break, I cannot get back on the fast track.
Many moms wish they could have more quality time with their families. One-in-four working moms (25 percent) say they are dissatisfied with their work/life balance, according to a CareerBuilder.com survey of 1,124 women, employed full-time, with children under the age of 18 living at home. Forty-four percent say they would take a pay cut if it meant they could spend more time with their kids and nearly one- in-ten (9 percent) say they would give up 10 percent or more of their salary. Of working moms who are not the sole financial provider, nearly half (49 percent) say they would leave their job if their spouse or significant other made enough money for the family to live comfortably.
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| WATCH FOR feature articles on these topics in upcoming issues of QuintZine:
* Office Politics
* Gossiping at the Office
* Defending Yourself at Work
* How to Transition Back to Work: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Parents
* Women as Breadwinners
* Maternity Leave
* 10 Job-Hunting Mistakes to Avoid
* Your Job Search IQ
* Jobs on the Cutting Edge
* Should You Make a Lateral Career Move?
* Volunteer Your Way into a New Job
* First Impressions Quiz
* Be Ready for an Unexpected Job Interview
* Your Blog as a Resume?
* Font Facts: Resume Typography
* Resume Bullet Points: Before and After
* Social/Online Networking from the Recruiter’s Perspective
* Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid
* Use Your Resume to Negotiate a Higher Salary
* GLBT Job-search Issues
* The Value of Internships Abroad and Study Abroad
* Top 10 Fears of Job-seekers
* For Job-hunting Success, Develop a Detailed Job-Search Plan
* Keep Your Career Dreams Alive
* MBA Career Portfolios
* Pre-Hire Background/Credit Checks
* Financial Aid/Scholarship Timetable
* Build Confidence and Avoid Insecurity in Job Interviews
* Empty Nest Job-seekers
* Are You Sabotaging Your Job-Search/Career?
* Lifelong Networking
* Networking for the Shy
* Working Night Shifts/Odd Hours
* Quintessential Career Profiles of YOU, our readers
* Q&As with well-known career experts
* Book reviews
. . . and much, much more…
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Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He’s often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.
Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career. Katharine, who earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, is author of Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates and A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market (both published by Ten Speed Press), as well as Top Notch Executive Resumes (Career Press); and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA (Ten Speed), and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Study Skills (Alpha). Visit her personal Website or reach her by e-mail at email@example.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.
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