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6 Job Search Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms

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6 Job Search Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms

A lot of people do not understand this, but being a stay-at-home parent is often a full-time job as it is. The main drawback is that this occupation is not profitable. Thus, it can be hard to support your whole family when only one member gets paycheck regularly. No to mention situations of single moms and dads.

Is there a flexible solution to this problem? In fact, it is possible to find a job even as a stay-at-home parent and earn money remotely. Once you learn these simple hacks, it will be easy to deal with monthly budgeting and even save up for future needs. Remember that you do not have to leave your house and abandon your children to land a job!

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Self-discipline Is the Key

First of all, you have to understand that you have to be determined to work from home. Perseverance can get you anywhere, especially if your skills and experiences are sufficient. Even job search for single mothers is not as challenging if you have a plan. If you do everything right, you will make enough money and bring up your kids without any troubles. If you are ready to work extra hours, you can get a full-time income job!

Forget about Your Fears

The very thought of job search can be intimidating. What if your skills are not enough? What if other applicants will outrun you? Forget about these fears and keep moving forward. Taking a hiatus does not turn you into a bad fit if you are ready to improve. Prove that you are a skilled and diligent employee. Try to gain some confidence! The easiest way is to review your resume and recall how many experiences, skills and achievements you have.

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New Career Skills

While it is great to demonstrate your pre-hiatus accomplishments, be sure to show what you have learned for past few years. HR managers want employees who strive for constant growth. Prove that you are exactly the person they need! Show that stay at home moms returning to work have numerous advantages over other applicants.

Make Your Resume Relevant

It can be tempting to mention your parenting skills in your resume, however, it is better to keep this kind of info out of your resume and cover letter. Sure, you have spent years dealing with challenges and responsibilities the majority of managers without families have no idea about. Most recruiters understand how hard it is to be a parent and value parenthood skills. But unless this experience has a direct connection to your future job, no need to stress them.

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Don’t Get Pressured

Among job search tips for stay at home moms, there is one that is directly connected to interview process itself. Remember, that you are not obliged to answer any personal questions unless you want to. Some employers can be rather invasive and you should remain calm and respectful despite their attitude. Make it so the conversation revolves around your skills and experience.

Work from Home Options

If you do not want to visit interviews and leave your family, consider a few job opportunities for stay at home moms. Numerous dads and moms earn money thanks to their blog. If you are a good writer able to catch a reader’s attention, this is a decent option to consider. Make use of any other hobby. Crafting, drawing, teaching online – any skill can help you earn some cash. Another possibility you should check is affiliate marketing. You do not even have to produce anything to make money.

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Conclusion:

The options for growth are limitless as long as you strive to grow. Additionally, you might want to make use of job search help for single mothers (this includes networking, seminars, courses etc). Best of luck with your job search!

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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