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Field trips. Daycare germs. Babysitting backfires. Morning meltdowns. Pediatrician appointments. Class parties. These are just a few of the extra demands that the working mom has to juggle along with job responsibilities. And while today’s working mom wants to be present for their children, they also want to be an indispensable employee, too.
Today's top employers understand that to attract, recruit, and retain top employees, that there must be a balance between achieving career goals and success, and work/life balance. That's especially important for today’s working mom, and fortunately, more employers are starting to understand that too.
Nearly half of human resources managers surveyed by OfficeTeam said their organization had made policy changes in recent years to better accommodate working parents. But however family friendly the company, a woman raising children and working toward a career, such as an administrative professional career, will often be stressed by the constant push and pull of competing demands.
Finding the right balance is a challenge, and sometimes, a career coach can help a working mom navigate the challenging process of finding the right job, career path, and balancing the challenges of motherhood.
The reality is, today's working moms have more workplace flexibility than ever before, says Career Coach Bethany Wallace, also a working mom, and a career coach who excels at helping working moms find career happiness and work/life balance. However, it can be challenging to navigate to a career path that provides flexibility. That's where career coaches can assist working moms.
"Working remotely, finding gigs and part-time employment options, and even changing careers entirely are all real possibilities," says Wallace. "As a career coach, I often work with women who are not just striving to achieve career goals, but who also want to invest in their children's lives. I get that; I have a daughter, too, and she was one of my primary motivators for pursuing entrepreneurship. As working moms, we're all doing the best we can. Sometimes we simply need a little support, mentoring, or coaching to bring our visions to life."
So what are the best career paths for working moms? What are the best degrees for working moms? Check out the infographic below, and see how it fits your career path or goals. Where can you search for jobs or work? How can you find the help you need - start with a career coach like Bethany Wallace - and then view the below infographic focusing on the 10 best degree for working moms for more information and details:
Once you have a career path in mind, you will need an updated resume. Learn how Matt Krumrie can help you write a resume that gets results, and help you get interviews for a job that helps achieve your goals of balancing work and family life.
Last week, Sean Spicer suddenly resigned from his position as White House Press Secretary. According to The New York Times, this resignation was prompted by Anthony Scaramucci’s hiring as Communications Director. While most Americans will never have to navigate quitting a job under the scrutiny of the public eye like Spicer, learning when and how to quit professionally and gracefully is important for all employees, according to one workplace authority.
“The decision to quit your job can be incredibly difficult and personal. Oftentimes, numerous factors are at play. However, there’s a right way to leave your previous position that allows you to maintain your professional network and the reputation you built at your firm,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
The first step is deciding when it is time to leave. For people who regularly reflect on their future and where they would like to see growth, whether or not it is time to make a change is fairly obvious. But for those who haven’t invested as much time in reflection, there are specific warning signs that can signal to both the employee and the employer that it is time for a new position.
“It’s more than just dreading going into work every day, although that’s typically the first sign. If this starts happening, it is time to investigate why you feel that way,” said Challenger.
Employees who dread work may feel undervalued or underappreciated, dislike the type of work they are doing, do not get along with a manager or co-worker, or feel they are not contributing to either the organization or society at large. Employees should determine if they have opportunities for advancement, and if the company will remain successful in the future. By looking at leaving from both an economic and a personal perspective, employees are able to get a better picture of what they should do.
Once it is clear that quitting is the best option, the next step is to quit in a way that is professional and graceful. No matter how horrible a job situation may seem, it is best to quit in a respectful way to maintain potential networking connections. Burning bridges, issuing threats, or leaving in any disrespectful way is never a good option.
While Challenger advises having another offer before quitting a job, inevitably, some circumstances make quitting your job immediately necessary. However, leaving respectfully will not only keep an employer happy, but is also best for the employee.
“Courtesy dictates that you give your employer notice, send regards to mentors or co-workers with whom you shared a good working relationship, and maintain those connections after you leave. If you haven’t landed another position when you quit your former job, this course of action will help you as you search for new jobs and start interviewing,” said Challenger.
Resignation confrontations are unavoidable and are part of moving forward in the professional world, but employers can help to lessen the discomfort. One technique is to meet with employees more frequently to find problems early and work on remediation so that all parties are happy.
“Tracking employee morale and reasons for leaving is key for future retention and recruitment, and companies that have a handle on why workers are quitting will likely cultivate a corporate culture desirable to future and existing talent,” said Challenger.
If you're thinking about resigning, or quitting your job, you will need an updated resume to help with the networking and job search process. It's best to have the resume updated in advance of starting a job search. To best position yourself for job search success, hire Matt Krumrie to write your resume, and get on the path to a new job.
Dear Matt: I’ve had some great interviews and know some companies have contacted my references. I didn’t get those jobs and started wondering, could my references be blowing it for me? Does that happen? Do candidates lose out on job offers because of poor performances by their references?
Matt says: Yes, they most certainly do.
“Sometimes references are unpleasantly surprised to get a reference request, or are somewhat at a loss to speak to a candidate’s credentials, ” says Jeff Shane, a spokesperson for Allison & Taylor (allisontaylor.com), a company that has been checking references for corporations and individuals since 1984.
When creating a reference list, select those who have carefully observed your job performance. Your references need to have seen you in action, hopefully performing well in adverse conditions. Be sure to gather all the important contact data about every potential reference, including name, title, company, address, telephone/fax number, and email address. A typical list of references should include at least five names, depending on the amount of experience a candidate has accumulated, says Shane.
“An employer’s favorite reference is generally the candidate’s immediate supervisor, because that person knew the candidate best and can attest to their strengths and weaknesses better than human resources or other parties within the company, ” said Shane.
Make it easy for an employer by offering a list of several reference candidates, such as a supervisor, a second level supervisor, CEO, a matrix manager, or key client/co-worker or an HR contact. When creating your reference list, go beyond just the basic contact info. Include examples of how you worked together with that reference so an employer will see exactly how you and your references interacted, and how it relates to the skill set your prospective employers are seeking.
After developing your list, contact each reference personally beforehand. Share your current résumé with them and let them know about the positions you’re applying for, as well as the type of qualities the company is likely seeking.
In many cases an application form will often pose the question “May we contact your former supervisor?”
If you check “no”, it is a red flag and will likely be a showstopper to your employment prospects, said Shane. It’s also possible that an employer will call that supervisor anyway, even if you don’t authorize it, since that supervisor is usually the key reference in an employer’s eyes.
“The last thing you want is to lose out on a good position because you did not have your references organized, validated and prioritized,” said Shane. “Utilize a proactive, creative approach to showcasing your references to differentiate yourself from most other applicants and ensure that the next new hire will be you.”
And remember, when writing a resume - never include a section or line that says "references available upon request." This is dated resume writing language. Think about it: Of course a job seeker will provide an employer with references available upon request. If you have a dated resume, and/or are struggling in the job search, hire Matt Krumrie to turn your resume into a modern marketing tool that gets you interviews.
Employers are looking less at grades and are instead hunting for employees with high levels of soft skills, like emotional intelligence. Not only are they valuable to companies, but those with high EQ's (Emotional Quotient) make an average of $29k more per year than those with low EQ's.
How so? This infographic explores what EQ is and how it can be your ticket to success in the workplace: The Real Value of Emotional Intelligence.
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for CollegeRecruiter,