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Last Updated on August 30, 2016 by Diane Hoffmaster
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
When I was pregnant with my first child I decided I wanted to stay home after he was born rather than put him in daycare. That meant leaving a job I loved doing cancer research for a large medical facility and taking a very drastic reduction in income. I thought I was ready....little did I know that one car accident later I would be looking for work again to pay for a new car! I decided to try part time work so I could still stay home during the day and bounced around a couple of places before realizing that neither one of the jobs I had chosen were things that I enjoyed. I finally hit on blogging after many, MANY years and I must admit that I think it was a brilliant choice. I just wish I had figured it out a little sooner! If I had access to career sites like Mom Corps YOU I may not have had so many bumps along the road to my new career.
Mom Corps YOU is an online community to help people better integrate their professional and personal lives. They believe that the best way to achieve work-life balance is always keep in mind several key areas of your life, including career, finances and health & wellness. Their subscription-based community provides education, resources and tools to help people achieve this balance. If I had access to the Mom Corps YOU website when I was looking to rejoin the work force I think I would have had a much easier transition!
So, what sort of features are offered by Mom Corps YOU? As a member of this program you can:
1. Watch Webinars on a variety of topics, including things like Tips from Recruiters, How to achieve Work/Life Balance, Resumes that get Results, Should I Start My Own Business, and dozens of other topics.
2. Get access to useful career and financial tools. There are debt calculators to determine the best way to get out of debt, a list of sample interview questions so you are prepared for your next interview, and business plan guides to go by if you are thinking of starting your own business.
3. Shop for books for more information on your career choices and managing work/life balance.
4. Use the Mom Corps YOU Live Chat to ask a recruiter your career questions.
5. Participate in the Mom Corps YOU discussion forums – ask Mom Corps or your peers your work-life questions, or simply share your story.
Mom Corps YOU Resume Advice
As a work from home mom with a very busy life, I really appreciated the Mom Corps YOU tips for getting organized. It is so much harder to be productive at work when my desk is cluttered with scraps of paper containing random reminders of things to do. I am trying hard to achieve work life balance and I have to be as efficient as possible when the kids and husband are gone for the day! It is hard to be efficient when I can never find my darn glasses! I also found the e-book The Truths about Flexible Work a good read. As a mom, flexibility in my work schedule is vital! Sick days field trips, or just running errands takes time out of the work day. That is one reason why blogging has become the perfect job for me.
Allison O’Kelly, founder and CEO of Mom Corps, was named one of Ernst & Young’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. She is a sought after expert in work place flexibility. The Mom Corps YOU program is a great asset to women who are struggling with making career choices and need a few resources to help guide them through the process. Consider signing up for Mom Corps YOU to get access to bi-weekly webinars, discussion forums, and a weekly newsletter along with tools and resources to help you succeed in your job search. There are several live webinars scheduled for the next month or two. The Kids, Careers and the Work/Life Conflict is one that I really need to attend next week! Maybe they will show me how to put my kid to work blogging so I have less conflict in my work/life balance? Probably not but still sounds interesting!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.