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What Elephant is holding you back?


By Teri Hockett

Elephant in a Room

Recently, I received an email from a member that validated my message about embracing your Employed By Life time, which deals with transferring the skills and knowledge you used away from the paid workforce to demonstrate your value when returning to the workforce. She said, “I wanted to say “thank you” because during the interview, I told the interviewer that even though I haven’t worked in the corporate world for awhile, I have used my skills in project management and communication in a new level. During the interview, I emphasized my skills as a stay-at-home mom and volunteer work, which are all transferable to the corporate world.”

This was wonderful news, as this member had been out of the “paid” workforce for 12 years, when she received two job offers after embracing and leveraging her Elephant in the Room.

5 Ways to Embrace and Leverage the Elephant

  1. Be honest about it… “it is what it is”.
  2. Be ready to discuss your value and accomplishments.
  3. Research is key; be ready to talk about issues or concerns the company and/or industry is facing.
  4. Build rapport by asking questions to get the hiring manager talking.
  5. Be prepared; write down your questions so that you can actively listen without having to think about what your next question will be during conversation.

Be the ideal candidate. Remember that employers are people to, and they will be understanding about most situations as long as you can demonstrate that you are the ideal candidate; that not only knows what their problems and issues are, but that you bring viable solutions to the table.

About the Author

Teri Hockett

Teri Hockett is the CEO of What’s For Work? The Premier Career Site for Women.

About What’s For Work?

The Premier Career Site for Women. http://www.whatsforwork.com

Our Mission: Provide a community that encourages members, employers and providers to work together; to inspire and help each other grow.

7 Steps to Leaning In When You’re Opting Out


By Teri Hockett

Lean In

As you, or someone you know, get ready to opt-out of the workforce for whatever the reason, it’s important to lean in when you do. This proactive approach will make things easier for you when you decide to opt back in when the time is right.

7 Steps to Leaning In When You’re Opting Out

  1. Document your accomplishments as you depart the paid workforce. Update your résumé now while information is fresh in your mind, especially the statistical and measurable results.
  2. Make a list of people that you would like to use as references in the future and make a conscious effort to stay connected with them. Maintain regular communication, follow their careers, and comment on their achievements and advancements.
  3. Stay engaged in the industry or industries that interest you. Set up Google alerts for particular industries or dream companies that you would love to work for, and people that are making waves in those areas. Again, comment and congratulate when appropriate.
  4. Network by attending workshops and seminars several times per year. Whether it’s a couple of hours or several days, it’s a great way to stay connected, engaged, and informed.
  5. Learn something new constantly. Consider taking classes in-person or online (Lynda.com is a great resource), and keep your knowledge current by reading. If you have children, learn about the technology they are adopting as well, making a point to stay current.
  6. Make a point to re-engage. Take volunteer positions in something that you are passionate about, where you can utilize your current skills and knowledge to make a difference. Take on leadership roles, and learn new skills in the process.
  7. Contribute content by writing blogs, articles, and commenting on other people’s content.

These are just a few ways to lean in when you’re opting out. If you’d like to learn more and continue the conversation, then please join www.whatsforwork.com for FREE and check out our Forum conversations.

About the Author

Teri Hockett

Teri Hockett is the CEO of What’s For Work? The Premier Career Site for Women.

About What’s For Work?

The Premier Career Site for Women. http://www.whatsforwork.com

Our Mission: Provide a community that encourages members, employers and providers to work together; to inspire and help each other grow.

The Mommy Wars are Over!


By Teri Hockett

Mommy Wars

Wouldn’t that be a great headline to read? One that meant women will no longer engage in any destructive behavior that does not advance our joint cause; and that we will no longer tolerate anymore references to this “supposed” ongoing battle that pit Stay-at-Home Moms (SAHM) against Working Moms (WM).

I envision a place and time where we all support each other’s choices; a time we can start to really accomplish great strides in all aspects of our lives. At this time we will freely assist eachother without fear of judgment or reprisal. We will now be a force to be reckoned with, and we will be able to achieve equality in leadership roles across the private and public sectors, and in the boardrooms. We will fight for each other’s rights. As long as we allow this battle to continue, we will be viewed as a splintered team that does not have the sheer power to move our agenda forward.

How do we accomplish such a lofty goal?

Judgments

Every woman has the right and privilege to make the decision for herself and her family that best supports their needs. We all understand this, but some of us have allowed judgments, either real or perceived from others, to make us second guess our own decisions and to feel defensive about them.

Support

What if every working woman who has been “leaning in” to her career turned around every once in awhile to extend her welcoming hand to a SAHM? We all have support groups but they are typically are divided between SAHM and WM. Working women have created amazing groups, conferences, workshops, and initiatives to help other working women. And SAHM also have many groups that support them. What we need is a blending of these lines. A community where all women come together to support each other regardless of where they are in their career, or what choices they have made.

Celebrate Differences

I firmly believe that if everyone looks, acts, or thinks like me; one or more of us are redundant and not really needed. I have been blessed by the diversity of my friends and associates, and as a result my life is much richer for sharing in their celebrations, holidays, traditions and beliefs. I know our school systems thought it was wise to teach tolerance, but imagine how different our lives would be if we were taught to celebrate the differences in the world.

To make great strides we have to start with small steps as we gain momentum.

What are your first steps to lay the ground work to end the “Mommy Wars”?

About the Author

Teri Hockett

Teri Hockett is the CEO of What’s For Work? The Premier Career Site for Women.

About What’s For Work?

The Premier Career Site for Women. http://www.whatsforwork.com

Our Mission: Provide a community that encourages members, employers and providers to work together; to inspire and help each other grow.