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Welcome to Job-Stuff. I hope the information and musing here are helpful in your journey through the "Transition-Zone". Please also check out the "Zero To Network Blog", since Business Networking is a major weapon in your job seeking arsenal.

First and foremost, I have walked in your shoes. I had a senior level position at a Fortune 500 company and felt my career was invincible. In prior years, I merely wrote my resume, called a headhunter and posted my job on Monster. And the hiring executives came a callin!

When I was asked to step into the "transition" zone, I dreamt of double dipping on my severance package. Reality: Over a year later, with my severance a distant memory, I finally found a great job.

During my transition, I started a contract services company and also became an Executive Recruiter (aka HeadHunter). I learned a lot about myself during this chapter. And - oh the mistakes I made - which I will share with you here. I believe it is important to laugh at yourself, your mistakes and share them with others, so that you don't make the same ones (I am sure you will make your own, which is how we learn).

I hope you find Job-Stuff Blog helpful in your career transition. Stephen Harris

SPH Associates, Online Marketing Agency

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Friday, May 6
Mothers: How to begin your career again

Just in time for Mother's Day, my frient Gladys Kartin (GKCareers) has allowed permission to JobStuff to reprint one of her excellent articles. Enjoy - and thanks Gladys. If you wish to contact Gladys, who has a career developmemt/coaching company, please let me know.

Mothers, Do You Remember Who You Were Before Children?

How To Begin Again Where You Left Off?


I consider myself to be a successfully transitioned mother in a solo practice specializing in helping individuals to discover their best career or work fit.  I am one of those mothers who made an attempt to return to the workplace many years ago.  I felt confident at the start, but that slowly morphed into great discouragement and then I retreated to the safety and comfort of my suburban life.  I didn’t understand why openings for college grads were my only option.  Of course, I did not even know what I wanted to return to, and the thought of working five days a week was a big concern, hence the even bigger dilemma.


I have learned that the key to finding work is simple, you need to know who you are in several key categories, it is only then, coming from a place of self-knowledge, that a meaningful search can be conducted because clarity on what you are seeking can be easily communicated and assistance is easier for others to provide.


One of my early marketing efforts targeting mothers asked this simple question, Mothers, do you remember who you were before children?  Do you know what your interests are?  Do you know what your skills and strengths are?  I soon discovered that while I thought working with mothers would be a good target market, it became apparent that mothers feel too much ambivalence about returning to work unless circumstances force them to and everyone will have a different list of circumstances to propel that motivation.


Mothers serious about returning to work in need to have a written plan as to how this can occur.  It serves two purposes, one it is a guide for the mother to begin to actualize the plan and two it provides the prospective employer tangible evidence showing how to successfully re-enter and utilize their talents.  Acknowledging the gaps that may exist due to the time out of the workforce can easily be accommodated with a plan to minimize the gaps.


First Things First…You Can Begin With There Actions…


  • Take thinking about working into doing something towards achieving that intention?
  • Break down the steps to needed to manage this process into a manageable, achievable goal with measurable checkpoints.
  • Create your requirements based on your personal and work values
  • Identify the employability criteria needed to successfully attain your goals
  • Maintain flexibility to keep what is working and let go of what is not working
  • Maximize your networking efforts with informational conversations
  • Create contact cards with a positioning statement
  • Establish your unique competitive edge by identifying your strengths and creating the necessary data supporting your past use of these strengths.  Define whom this will benefit?

Posted at Friday, May 06, 2005 by sph001


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