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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 October 15, 2018

How to Calm Down When You Are Overwhelmed: 7 Quick Ways to Try

How to Calm Down When You Are Overwhelmed: 7 Quick Ways to Try

Do you sometimes feel that you add items to your to-do list faster than you tick them off? Do you spend most of your day worrying about your lack of time?

The truth is, no matter how much we love our job, or how productive we believe we are under stress, there comes a moment when the pressure rises above boiling point. The sheer number of urgent tasks multiplies in a geometric progression. New possibilities no longer sound inspiring, they sound overwhelming and equal more work.

If that’s where you are right now – keep reading! If not, it doesn’t mean you should wait until you get there to learn how to cope with a demanding work schedule and how to calm yourself down quickly when you feel overwhelmed.

Here are 7 quick and easy tips on how to calm down when you are overwhelmed:

1. Let go of a few activities

Yes, it’s that easy! Take a look at your to-do list and ask yourself, “If I don’t do it today, will it matter a month from now?”

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Not every urgent task is important. Just like not every important, high pay-off task is urgent. The best way to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed and to manage your time is to know the difference between the two and learn to simplify your life by getting your to-do list down to three big tasks.

2. Take deep breaths to calm down

This advice sounds so simple it’s often overlooked. But it works better (and faster) than any other relaxation technique out there.

There is a direct connection between our emotional state and breathing. An anxious, frustrated or overwhelmed person breathes as if they have just finished running a marathon. A calm person breathes differently. Their breathing is deep, slow and steady. So when you have a panic attack, the best way to bring your heart rate down and to regain your cool is to change your breathing.

Try this now:

Take a slow, long deep breath in, filling your lungs with air and expanding your diaphragm. Hold your breath for four counts and then slowly release the air through your mouth. Repeat four times and notice frustration and the feeling of being overwhelmed dissolve with each long exhale of these calming breaths.

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3. Make “Just one thing” your mantra

When we feel overwhelmed by the amount of tasks on our to-do list, it’s easy to enter the ‘deer in the headlights’ state. You see deadlines approaching directly towards you, and you know that something has to be done about them, but you just don’t know where to start.

The best way to get your mind out of an ‘inactivity trance’ is to create momentum. This is what makes the “Just one thing” mantra so powerful. It helps to change our expectation that everything has to be completed right now, “or else.”

Next time you feel overwhelmed make grabbing a cup of coffee your “Just one thing.” You can do it, right? Then come back, pick one of the smallest tasks on your to-do list and tell yourself you’ll do just that one task. This is your next “Just one thing” that you will concentrate on until it’s complete. After that you can move on to the next task and so on.

It’s not “One thing at a time.” Saying this implies that there is a huge line of other tasks waiting to get done and that’s not the message you want to keep repeating to yourself. Learn how to focus here and stop getting overwhelmed.

4. Reduce the multi-tasking and multi-thinking

It’s been proven that multi-tasking is very inefficient, to the point of dumbing us down (more than smoking marijuana does). The same is true for multi-thinking, when your mind frantically jumps from one thought to another, trying to focus on and analyze several things all at once.

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Fortunately, there is help. A few minutes of meditation or brainwave music is all it takes to start feeling more relaxed, more creative and less overwhelmed.

5. Get moving

Any exercise you engage in – be it walking or dancing to your favorite beat – helps to release endorphins, the ‘feel-good’ hormones, through your body and to clear your mind.

Staying active also increases your productivity, enhances your ability to combat stress and anxiety. It also helps you to release the tension, boosting your mood and changing the thoughts that induce the sense of being overwhelmed.

The best part is you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get the mind-soothing benefits of exercise. Even as little as 15 minutes of dancing or jogging can go a long way towards making you feel better and staying calmer.

6. Change your surroundings

We all need and deserve to take vacations from work woes and family responsibilities. Unfortunately, spending two weeks lazing on a beach, toes in the sand and a Mojito in hand, is not always an option. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t take short ‘vacations’ from work stress and the technology buzz.

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Go outside for a few minutes and enjoy the sunshine. Stop at a park instead of driving straight home from work. Sometimes changing your surroundings and ‘spicing up your routine’ is all it takes to change your perspective on things and find creative solutions to seemingly complex and overwhelming problems.

7. Get some pet therapy

Studies have shown what most of us already guessed – our pets can be a great help during stressful moments. Simple actions such as petting or playing with your dog or cat can lower high blood pressure, boost your immune system and boost your mood.

Besides, pets can make the best conversation partners to share your frustrations with. They listen, they love you unconditionally and they never talk back or say, “I told you so.”

Final thoughts

Don’t wait for stress to hit you to start practicing these quick ways to calm down when you are overwhelmed. The best way to enjoy a worry-free life is not to push yourself to the limit of being overwhelmed and frustrated.

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