It’s time to go back to work, but you have one important decision to make: would you be best served by a SAHM resume or a career website?
Many of us SAHMs will return to work in one form or another at some point in our lives. Here on Scattered Woman, we’ve already talked about the importance of keeping our resumes up-to-date (including how to create your own Mom Master Resume), how to handle the SAHM employment gap on your resume, writing an effective SAHM cover letter, even how we moms tend to create a Mosaic Life for ourselves instead of pursuing that elusive, linear career path.
So, let’s assume for just a minute that you’re ready to go back to work. Regardless of whether you’re interested in pursuing a WAHM option (like network marketing, freelancing, or starting your own business) or you’re ready to head back to the corporate world, you have one major decision to make: will you be best served by a traditional, SAHM resume or a career website? Read More
Are you working your tail off every single day with little to show for it? Are you starting to feel burnt out with this whole WAHM thing? If so, you need these 3 Strategies to Proactively Battle Burnout!
We work harder than just about anybody, and some days, being a Work-at-Home Mom can be just TOO MUCH. Whether you’re a WAHM Network Marketer, a WAHM Freelancer, or a WAHM Entrepreneur, we WAHMs are more prone to burnout than any other type of worker simply because the boundary lines between work and home aren’t just blurred – they’re non-existent! We work IN our homes, accomplishing everything from laundry to line item reports, dishes to deadlines, and crying children to complaining clients.
Be forewarned, mama: burnout is coming. It happens to the best of us. The best thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your business is to be prepared. Familiarize yourself with and use these 3 key strategies to proactively battle burnout well. Read More
Do your life experiences seem scattered? Has your work history been less than linear? It’s time to discover your Mosaic Life!
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE mosaic tile work. Maybe it’s the Hispanic-culture-loving Spanish teacher in me, or maybe I’m channeling the Sanguine, colorful, pattern-mixing lovelies in my life. Whatever the reason, I LOVE mosaics.
Especially if there’s a story behind them. Read More
Have you ever heard of a “master resume”? Think of it like a master playlist, or a master recording. It’s EVERYTHING, every bit of raw, employment-related information you have, all compiled in one place. And you, dear mama, NEED one!
The bills are piling up. Your stress levels are sky high. And your kids are screaming because they don’t WANT beans for dinner… AGAIN. Sound familiar? You need a cash infusion, and you need it QUICK. I have good news for you: starting a WAHM freelancing business can quickly provide that fast income boost you need, while still allowing you to be home with your family. Read More
Network marketing is nothing new for most of us. Our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest feeds are JAMMED with friends proclaiming the awesomeness of their direct sales companies’ products and opportunities. From Mary Kay to Thirty-One, doTERRA to Younique, and BeachBody to LuLaRoe — WAHM network marketing companies are inundating our worlds right now.
For good reason. Read More
It’s a fact of life: most of us Stay-at-Home Moms, at some point, will either want or need to go back to work. While we love being available for our babies, life can throw us nasty curve balls — unexpected medical bills, massive car repairs, a blown furnace or damaged septic system, or just plain old boredom. When it comes time to return to work, what are your options? Should you give up the ghost and find an office job? Or would working from home be a good choice for you? Read More
Last week, we talked in Blogging for the Job Hunt – Part 1 about the benefits of starting a blog to aid in your job search, as well as how to get one set up. Today, we get to tackle Blogging for the Job Hunt – Part 2: Content, Social Media, & SEO!
If those terms mean absolutely nothing to you at this point, no worries. I didn’t know what they meant before I started this blogging adventure, either! Here’s the breakdown:
Content: the actual posts you write, the great information you have to share about your expertise in your field!
Social Media: I’m sure you know what social media IS, but we’re going to touch on how we can optimize it’s far-reaching capabilities to boost your job search!
SEO: otherwise known as Search Engine Optimization. It’s a big deal in the blogging world, but for our purposes, it’s simple — make sure Google knows you exist and includes your blog in the top few results when someone searches for your name.
Without further adieu, let’s dive in! Read More
You may have heard that having a website with your resume and professional portfolio is a good idea to boost your job search results. But have you ever heard of BLOGGING for the job hunt? It’s not an entirely new job search tactic, but it is one that is gaining more and more traction as the application process becomes more competitive and the internet and social media continue to reign supreme.
If I were to apply for a job right now, after three years of being a Stay-at-Home mom, I would face the same challenges as many of you. Being a SAHM is an amazing gift to our families, but trying to explain that gap in traditional employment can be tricky. Why would an employer hire ME over someone who has been continuously working in the field??
Because we SAHMs have AWESOME skills and gifts to bring to the table! We just need to make sure we package it well, so the employer can see that truth, as well!
We’ve talked before about the SAHM employment gap, and it’s a challenge we KNOW how to handle on a resume. Today, we’re tackling the next step: the SAHM cover letter! Read More
Does your resume still have an objective statement? If so, it’s time for an update!
Objective statements tell an employer what YOU are looking for. “Objective: to obtain a professional accounting position.” The problem? Employers don’t care what you’re looking for. Objective statements don’t give the employer any useful information about who you are as a person, a professional, or what you would bring to their company.
The solution? Read More
Have you seen those posts floating around about “Discover your dream career with your MBTI type!”?
I’ve seen LOTS of them over the years, and now that I’ve just spent the whole last month writing about The Personalities (click HERE to check out post #1 in that series), I’m seeing even more MBTI posts popping up on my social media and Pinterest feeds, too.
Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the MBTI. As a Career Counselor, I LOVED walking individual students or entire classes through their inventories and helping them discover what those results meant for them. It’s a great tool.
In the right context.
I’ll explain more about that “right context” in a minute. First, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what MBTI types are. Here is a quick run-through of what the eight MBTI function (letter) dichotomies mean: Read More
You found a BEAUTIFUL template. You’ve input all your experience, and sent out your brand new resume to a myriad of employers with openings. And then… crickets. Zip. Zero. Nada by way of call backs or response of any kind. What happened?? My guess is you got screened out. By a computer. How does THAT make you feel? Let’s avoid this situation in the future, shall we? Here’s what you need to know about Applicant Tracking Systems… Read More
We spend our days rocking babies, chasing toddlers, teaching preschoolers, taxi-ing grade schoolers, worrying about teenagers, and before you know it our babies are all in college. How did that happen??
Each season bring new changes and challenges, and often we spend so much of ourselves in raising our kids that we forget that we will still have life in us after they’re grown and gone.
What will we do with ourselves then? Read More
Women have long pushed for equality in the workforce. We want equal rights, equal pay, equal promotions, and sometimes we get those things. Most of the time, however, we do not — and for one HUGE reason: most women need to change their language!
The language we use in our resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, thank you notes, and in interviews can make or break our chances of landing the job.The language we use IN our jobs once we land them is CRUCIAL to our ability to move up in our companies, get raises and promotions, and be generally respected by those we work with.
As much progress as we have made toward gender equality in the workplace, the game is still very much played by a man’s rules and in a man’s language. How we, as women, communicate makes a huge difference for how we are perceived as employees, supervisors, and peers. If we want to be respected as equals, we HAVE to change our language. Read More
If you’re applying for job after job and getting nowhere, it’s possible you’re not making the most of the one resource the employer has already given you: the job posting. In the job posting, the employer has given you all the information you need on the EXACT qualifications, qualities, and skills they’re looking for in a new hire. YOUR job is to take that information, plug it into your resume and cover letter, and watch the responses come rolling in. Here is exactly how to use job postings to get your resume noticed! Read More
Are you a Stay-at-Home Mom going back to work soon and DREADING the whole resume thing? While taking time off from your career path to care for your family may have been the best decision you ever made, it does take some skill to help an employer see it that way. Here are four resume tips for tackling the SAHM employment gap and spinning your at-home experiences to your best advantage — without making up cheesy titles for yourself like “Executive Cleaning Officer” or “Home Management Specialist.” Plus, there are even more tips on formatting and what to include on your resume in my FREE resume template and tip sheet JUST for SAHMs. Read More
It’s Career Fair Day!
You walk into the designated building and quickly realize you have NO IDEA what you’re supposed to do now. Panic sets in. You’re hyperventilating. The room is spinning. Where’s the exit?! Get me out of here!!
Okay, wake up! It’s just a bad dream. You can breathe easy: Career Fair Day is still a few weeks away, and you have plenty of time to figure this thing out. Lucky for you, I’ve come up with a handy-dandy “game day” strategy to help you make the most of a Career Fair. 🙂 Here ’tis… Read More
Career fair season is upon us. College underclassmen are seeking internships, seniors are looking for their first career positions, and university Career Services offices are being inundated with students struggling to put together a coherent resume. Fear not — I’m here to help. Here are my four best resume tips for new grads – plus two FREEBIES just for you! With these tips, you can craft a great resume to get you headed in the right direction. Read More
My goodness… Do you feel like somedays NOTHING gets done?? My to-do list is about two miles long right now, and yet, it feels like I’m spinning my wheels, getting nowhere fast. It’s time to rethink how I define success as a Work at Home Mom. If I define it as accomplishing everything on my to-list, I’ll never feel like a success in this role. So, let’s break it down into a more manageable plan, shall we? Here’s my Big 5 Checklist for prioritizing your day as a Work at Home Mom! Read More