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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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Last Updated on August 4, 2020

How to Make Time Go Faster When You’re Having a Bad Time

How to Make Time Go Faster When You’re Having a Bad Time

Standing at the front of the room, your heart is pounding as people stroll in, and you’ve been up since 5 am rehearsing. You’ve spent weeks preparing for this moment. Your slides are perfect, and you’ve memorized your talk.

As the clock shows 9:30, you begin with a customary “good morning” and then zilch. Nothing. Your mind goes blank. Suddenly, time seems to stop. Everything goes into slow motion, and you can feel your face begin to burn.

For anyone who has done presentations in front of a live audience, freezing at the wrong time is a nightmare waiting to happen, and when it does, if feels like time has frozen. The feeling of helplessness drags on, and you just wish the clock would fast forward so you can escape from the nightmare.

Of course, the reality is that time does not speed up or slow down. Time is constant; only our perception of passing time changes[1]. This is a good thing, too. What is happening is that your fight or flight response is kicking in, and you have become hyper-aware of your situation. Your brain is recognizing you are in danger and responding in the best way it knows how.

This perceived slowing down of time is an illusion[2]. It is your brain creating and processing more memories of your current environment and searching out the threat it has detected. It’s searching for the predator that has decided you look like an exquisite meal, and it is doing this incredibly fast — much faster than it typically would. It is how we protect ourselves, and, in most cases, it is a beneficial response.

However, in many cases, it can be torturous to be in this situation, feeling helpless and frozen and being hyper-aware of our unfortunate situation. So what can you do to speed up the perception of time?

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1. Have a Backup Plan

If you cast your mind back to the situation at the start of this article, your brain has frozen and your carefully crafted words are lost somewhere inside your head: What do you do? Most people panic, and, despite their careful preparation and rehearsal, one part they did not rehearse is when or if something goes wrong.

Freezing on stage can happen to even the most seasoned presenter, and having a script or a set of queue cards on hand can quickly refresh/reboot your brain to get you back on track and avoid the torturous feeling of being in a slow-motion crash.

Steve Jobs was a very experienced presenter. One of the best. Yet even though his preparation was meticulous — often taking as much as six months to put together a keynote presentation — things still went wrong. In this famous clip of a keynote Steve Jobs gave back in 2010, the WIFI network was very slow. When you watch the clip, it feels like it goes on forever, yet it only lasts around two and a half minutes. For a presentation that lasted about two hours, two and a half minutes is around two per cent. Not at all long, yet for Steve Jobs and the audience, the whole incident felt a lot longer.

Fortunately, as a seasoned presenter, Steve Jobs broke the tension and the feeling that time was slowing down by using humor and eventually moving on to the next part of the keynote. He had a backup, and his backup was to quickly, and without fuss, move on to the next segment.

Always have a backup plan and an exit strategy. Be prepared for the worst and be ready to switch to your backup plan if things do go wrong.

2. Focus on What You Have Control Over

You have control over three things: your thoughts, your emotions, and your actions. Nothing else. You cannot control events, how other people judge you, or whether another person will get upset by what you say or do.

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Most bad days are a result of the way we react to something we have no control over. A client takes their business to your rival. You had no control over that. That was a decision your client made based on a set of circumstances and the way they felt about those circumstances. The only control you have in this situation is how you feel about losing a client. You could be angry; you might look around for someone to blame or for an excuse. But in the end, none of that will change the fact you no longer serve that client.

In these situations, always begin by reminding yourself about what you have control over. Are there any positive action steps you can take that will solve the problem? Are you allowing your emotions to influence your mood? Are you thinking negatively or positively about this situation?

In all these scenarios, you can instantly decide to change your thoughts, your feelings, and the action you take. You have to make that decision.

If you do lose an important client, and there is no solution, you can use the experience to learn. Use it as an opportunity to analyze what went wrong and implement changes to the way you do things that minimize the chances of a similar situation happening with your other clients in the future.

Dwelling on the loss will prolong your suffering, slowing down perceived time and making you feel dreadful. Using the situation to learn from your mistakes will help you to get back on track and keep time moving forward at a pace you are satisfied with.

3. Take Full Responsibility for the Situation

Accepting full responsibility for your life allows you to overcome adversity and difficulties. While a massive viral pandemic may not be your fault, what you do in the circumstances is your responsibility.

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Being in lockdown, where you must remain in your home, is something beyond your control (see number 2), but what you do with your time, how you manage your work, and how you maintain your health is your responsibility.

Governments may order you to stay at home, but what you do with your time while you are at home is something you are responsible for.

In these situations, you have a choice. Use the extra time you have positively, or pass responsibility for your life to the daily negative news cycles.

When you take responsibility for your life, you take back control[3].

Complaining about the situation only ensures you stay stuck in the same miserable place. Accepting responsibility for your life gives you so many more options.

You could take that online course you have been thinking about doing, or paint that picture you have wanted to do for years. You could clean out your old clothes, do the spring cleaning, or clear out your garage. There are hundreds of things you could do that, before this global pandemic, you always complained you had no time for. Now you do have time.

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Busying yourself with these tasks turns any bad situation into an opportunity, and time will no longer seem such a drudge; instead, it will feel like a godsend.

Key Takeaways

There are many inevitabilities in life. One of those inevitabilities is that you will have bad times. Dwelling on your lousy situation, complaining, and reliving the experience over and over will only cause time to slow down perceptually.

Accepting the inevitable, approaching it with a “cest la vie” mindset. and looking for the positives will soon pull you away from the difficult times and back to more fertile areas where you can thrive and grow, and time will begin to feel much faster.

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