Many women struggle to find a balance between being an admirable mother and an exemplary employee. The right jobcan go a long way in helping you achieve this balance. Simply Hired can help you find a job you’ll love that will meet yourexpectations professionally—and provide the flexibility that moms count on to “do it all.”
Look around and plan ahead
Throughout your job search, ask potential employers about the benefits offered to working moms. Be sure to enter the conversa-tion knowing what you want. For example, can you work part time? Telecommute? Is day-care offered in the building? If you can,talk to other moms at these companies and learn more about the advantages and disadvantages. After you know the facts, thinkseriously about the job and decide if it will work with your family life—or if you need to continue searching for a new job that will.
Use your network
Whether you are returning to work after several years’ hiatus or you are simply looking to change jobs, useboth your professional network and your “mom network” (your child’s friends’ parents, for example) to findout more about companies in your industry. More than half of all job seekers find a job through someonethey know, and your own contacts can help connect you to other parents who can tell you what to expectas a working mom at their company. For an easy way to see who you know, utilize Simply Hired’s Who Do IKnow?™ feature, which allows you to view your LinkedIn® connections in-line with your job listings. If youdon’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, now’s the time to create one!Simply Hired’s Facebook® integration will also allow you to leverage your friends to find a job. Authenticated Facebook users cansee their friends’ companies while on SimplyHired.com, and will also be offered job suggestions based on your Facebook profileinterests, location and current and previous job titles. But don’t worry – your job search activity and information will not be sharedwith Facebook. To use this feature, visit SimplyHired.com and opt-in on the homepage. Through all of your job hunting you’rebound to find a job that’s perfect for your friend, neighbor or sibling, so why not share it with them? Simply Hired’s “Share” featurelets you send jobs to friends via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter™ and email. Sharing interesting jobs only creates good karma, right?
Attend networking events
As busy as you are, use your contacts and industry connections to find events that will help you build your network even more.This will not only increase your chances of uncovering a new opportunity, but will also help to improve your confidence andpresentation. There’s no better way to work on your interviewing skills than to network with a group of people. Even if you don’tfind a job through these events, just remember that these are great opportunities to practice talking to others about your skills andinterests. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have a large number of connections from diverse sources. The relationships built at networkingevents might benefit you in the future, even if the opportunity isn’t apparent at that moment.
Don’t discount your “mom” experiences
Think about all the tasks you’ve accomplished as a mother. President of the PTA? Girl Scout troop leader? Organized the annualschool soccer team fund-raiser? From executive management skills to creative thinking and event planning, apply the talents
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