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6 Job Search Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms

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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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Making Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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