~ How to Manage the Holidays and Your Job Search Well By Jennifer Parris It might feel like the holidays and job hunting are polar opposites. After all, how can you be expected to job search when there are so many things you have to do during the ...

 

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How to Manage the Holidays and Your Job Search Well

 

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How to Manage the Holidays and Your Job Search Well

By Jennifer Parris

It might feel like the holidays and job hunting are polar opposites. After all, how can you be expected to job search when there are so many things you have to do during the holiday season? But before you decide to forego your job search completely, learn how to manage the holidays and your job search well. Yes, it can be done!

  • Be realistic. You can’t be expected to crank out the same number of job applications and also keep up with making the holidays merry and bright for your entire family. You won’t be able to get everything done every single day… and you have to be okay with that. Actually, it’s better to indulge in the holidays. If you are spending too much time at your desk while everyone is having fun, you’re going to feel left out and it will have a ripple effect on your job search. You might try to submit job applications faster in an effort to spend more time with your family, or apply for positions that you’re not qualified for—or don’t really care to get. That’s a waste of your time, so focus instead on making the time you’re spending on job searching worthwhile. Even if you’re submitting only one or two applications a day, make them count by customizing them to the job description and making your cover letter interesting and engaging.
  • Tackle smaller projects. With all the demands that the holidays place on your time, you may find that your typical job searching routine will suffer a bit. But that doesn’t mean you should stop searching and wait until the new year to resume your search. Instead of trying to do everything that you usually do during a regular job search day, focus instead on smaller—but significant—projects that you haven’t had time for. You might want to redesign your resume (and hide those glaring employment gaps) or have a friend review your cover letter to look for any glaring grammatical errors. You may even have a moment of clarity and conclude that you’d rather be a teacher than a transcriptionist and start your career change. By focusing on smaller projects, you’ll give yourself sustained momentum to get through the holidays while still feeling like you’re being proactive in your job search.
  • Be creative with your time. Let’s face it: the holidays take up a lot of time. That’s why you’re going to need to be creative with yours in order to maximize your efficiency and get it all done. It might mean waking up earlier than your kids in order to scan the latest job descriptions, or you might have to burn the midnight oil as you apply for positions. You might find that no two days are the same, so you’ll have to adjust your schedule accordingly.
  • Find your balance. If you’re looking for a flexible job, then you know that it’s one of the best ways to balance your work life with your personal life. Thing is, the rigors of the holiday season might throw you off balance. You might find that some days you’re spending more time with your kids than you are crafting quality job applications. By being aware of how you’re spending your time, you can resolve to put more time and energy into your job search the next day. The most important thing to remember is to take care of yourself, otherwise you run the risk of burning out, which won’t help your family or your job search.
  • Have a positive mindset. If you think that you should put your job search on hold during the holidays because companies aren’t hiring, think again. It’s a myth that companies don’t hire during the holidays; in fact, there are many businesses that hire both seasonal and permanent workers during the holidays. So switch your mindset and keep your job search warm during the cold winter months. You’ll actually have a better chance of getting hired, since other job seekers might simmer their searches because they’re busy with the holidays or they might have bought into the belief that quality jobs are sparse during the holidays.

The holidays are a great time to practice an attitude of gratitude and take stock of where you are in life. That means learning how to balance your job search with the holidays. You never know; your present for being a diligent job seeker during the holidays might be a brand-new job come the new year.

 

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Leave a Comment: How do you work to balance the busyness of the holiday season with future employment opportunities? What are a few smaller job search projects you could tackle or some ways in which you could become more creative with your time?

 


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Jennifer Parris is a Career Writer for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. To learn more about Jennifer, visit FlexJobs.com or tweet @flexjobs.

 

 


 

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No Room for Guilt in a Carry On

 

On Friday, October 21st at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, Mom-mentum is hosting Long Island’s only conference for professional working mothers: Achieving Extraordinary. Bringing together a powerful group of speakers, this conference will provide an open forum for women to enhance their leadership skills, engage in high-level networking and participate in compelling conversations with top women business leaders. You can find out more and register for the conference here.

 

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No Room for Guilt in a Carry On

By Rosalia Davi

When I considered taking a new position closer to home, I knew it came with a caveat – travel.  It was a dilemma that I’m sure many parents who work outside of the home have to face: You might exchange a better commute for longer hours, or take a pay cut in order to have a more flexible schedule. Parenthood, like our career in many ways, is a trade-off.

So I gladly accepted this new role which involved travelling, because the pros far outweighed the cons. Thankfully I have a great partner and childcare provider (i.e. grandma and grandpa) who have afforded me the luxury of taking on this added responsibility at work. I know not everyone has the option. So with my first scheduled trip quickly approaching, I did my best to focus on the positive and not succumb to the guilt and sadness I was starting to feel at the thought of being away for so long.

On the morning of my departure, I took one last wistful look at my sleeping child, and quietly crept out of the house. I am proud to say (and maybe a tiny bit guilty), that I didn’t cry. I didn’t clutch his baby blanket as we drove to the airport. I thought I would have been far more distraught, but the truth is – I felt free. Not the freedom of knowing I wouldn’t have to change diapers or battle through the nighttime routine for a few days. I was excited for what lay ahead – meeting new people, seeing a new place, and awakening certain strengths that had been dormant for a while. With the gift of knowing my son would be well cared for, I allowed myself to be okay about being away.

I admit, my resolve wavered slightly when I saw my son over FaceTime at the airport. Can I really do this? What if something happens?

“There is no shortage of doom-filled scenarios
that can run through a mother’s mind,
especially just before boarding a flight.”
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But we signed off, and I put one foot in front of the other, and the next thing I knew we were landing in Austin. The rest of the trip went as well as I could have hoped. Though it was hard to be away from my family, I felt a renewed sense of purpose in my role, as well as a sense of pride for the example I was setting for my son. He may be too young to understand, but I want him to know that he can do anything or go anywhere in life – despite the inevitable fear of the unknown. I also want him to see a variety of parenting options (i.e. dad as the primary caretaker) so he can be comfortable with whichever lifestyle he chooses.

Would I want to travel every week for work? Probably not. I already feel like I miss a ton of special moments as a mom who works outside of the home. But a little travel is good for the soul, and getting some distance from the everyday for me provided a fresh perspective. As a result of this first experience, I plan to go on more weekend and day trips with my family, so we can enjoy a little freedom together.

 

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Leave a Comment: If you work in a role that requires overnight traveling, how was your own first experience away? What did you learn from your time away and what support was necessary for you to make your travels possible?

 


 

View More: http://dearstacey.pass.us/rosaliaandrosarioRosalia Davi is a first time mom who also works at a state university in New York. She is learning how to maximize peace of mind and productivity, and can be seen pondering the elusive work/life balance while exploring her home base of Long Island, NY. Rosalia has a dual Masters degree in Gender and Cultural Studies and Communications Management, and incorporates her passion for gender and all diversity throughout her career and personal life. She loves spending time with her family, reading, and building community both inside and outside of the workplace.

 


 

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Courageous Conversations with Sallyanne Ballweg and Jennifer Owens

Courageous Conversations with Sallyanne Ballweg and Jennifer Owens
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On Friday, October 21st at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, Mom-mentum is hosting Long Island’s only conference for professional working mothers: Achieving Extraordinary. Bringing together a powerful group of speakers, this conference will provide an open forum for women to enhance their leadership skills, engage in high-level networking and participate in compelling conversations with top women business leaders. You can find out more and register for the conference here.
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Every life journey is unique. On October 21st our Professional Working Mothers’ Conference: Achieving Extraordinary will celebrate these unique journeys by featuring courageous conversations between well known industry leaders during our Voices of Work Life dialogue.

This year our panelists include: Katie Coleman, Sally Ballweg, Lori McMahon, and Karen Boorshtein. Jennifer Owens—Editorial Director of Working Mother Magazine and Founding Director of the Working Mother Research Institute— will moderate a conversation around each panelist’s unique journey. During the inspiring and interactive dialogue, they will discuss the challenges faced and the tools used to accomplish their own work/life success, while also sharing how flexibility, dedication and persistence helped lead them towards professional and personal success.

Today, we will give you a glimpse into two of our participants’ lives—Jennifer Owens and Sally Ballweg—in hopes of highlighting the importance of building and utilizing a support system to accomplish your career goals. We asked our panelists the following question:
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What has been your key component
to your support system as a working parent?


Sallyanne Ballweg

Senior Executive Vice President First National Bank of Long Island

As the Senior Executive Vice President of The First National Bank of Long Island Sallyanne has risen professionally, while also remaining a devoted volunteer for a broad array of charitable and civic organizations including acting as past Vice Chair of Mom-mentum (formerly the National Association of Mothers’ Centers, NAMC). Recognized as one of Long Island’s “Top 50 Women” and a Women of Distinction for the State of New York, Sallyanne responded to our question by recounting the significance family, childcare and friends played in her own support system…

“An effective support system needs to be dynamic and adaptive since work and family responsibilities change. When my son was born in the late 1980’s, I relied on a terrific childcare provider, my husband, and my in-laws for support. My outstanding boss permitted me to work at home one day a week for my son’s early years, which helped enormously.  When my son was in elementary school, my district had an after school program. Through it all, my friends, like-minded colleagues and Mom-mentum were there as resources to help me and keep me grounded.”

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Jennifer Owens

jenniferowens_blogAs the editorial director of Working Mother magazine and founding director of the Working Mother Research Institute (WMRI), Jennifer is an award-winning editor and writer on women’s issues, workplace and parenting trends—leading the editorial mission of Working Mother Media and the National Association for Female Executives. Jennifer’s key support components revolve around technology and the role it plays in making sure can stay on top of her extensive to-do list…

“Shared Google calendars are the keystone to my work family bridge. It’s how I track my travels and my to dos — and everyone else’s. In fact, if it’s not on my calendars, then it’s just not going to happen.”

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Every person’s journey IS unique. We thank Sallyanne and Jennifer for sharing their experiences here. Continue to be inspired by their strategies and challenges while raising families and building a professional presence on October 21st at our Achieving Extraordinary Conference.

You will be motivated to examine work and life in a whole new way!

 

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You Are NOT Alone (A Return-to-Work Story)

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On Friday, October 21st at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, Mom-mentum is hosting Long Island’s only conference for professional working mothers: Achieving Extraordinary. Bringing together a powerful group of speakers, this conference will provide an open forum for women to enhance their leadership skills, engage in high-level networking and participate in compelling conversations with top women business leaders. You can find out more and register for the conference here.

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You Are NOT Alone (A Return-to-Work Story)

By Alison La Ferlita

I was literally living the dream. At 35 years old I had a thriving business, a beautiful little house by the ocean and a cool little pied-a-terre in the West Village of New York City. So, what does one do next?

Plan for a baby.

I looked at the pregnancy test and right there in all caps saw: PREGNANT. My older sister (who already had two children) always said to me, “you become a mother the minute you find out you’re pregnant”. She was right.

After 32 weeks of hyperemesis (constant—and I mean constant vomiting) and a hormonal onset of severe anxiety, he came into the world at 2:27PM in delivery room 227 on December 27th—my son, Shane—a healthy 7 pounds. The nurse said he was one of the prettiest newborns she had ever seen. I was in shock. Total and utter shock of this little human I was now, and would forever be, responsible for.

Prior to having him, I was certain I would bounce right back into my jeans, my life, my work schedule. I wasn’t going to let this little guy run my world, he was going to adapt to our lifestyle! Needless to say, it all unraveled in a matter of weeks when I learned that’s not at all how it happens. And yes, that seven pounds of deliciousness—made me his bitch.

That said, no sleep, breastfeeding and adapting to motherhood was not easy for me.

I had my sister and my friends who were there to help, but I soon yearned for my own mom who had passed away ten years prior. I needed her strength, her wisdom and to hear only from her that I would make it and I would be a good mom. You don’t realize how important that relationship is when you have your child, until you don’t have it. Your mom is your cheerleader and she’s the one who guides you through motherhood with unwavering confidence. Without that support, you question all you do in those early stages of motherhood.

Then, three weeks after having Shane, a client called and said they were letting me go. They felt I wasn’t fulfilling my end of the bargain and needed to move on. I was devastated. I felt like I had been hit over the head with a tennis racket and that my professional life (in which I had identified myself with for so long) was crumbling. Was having a baby the scarlet letter I would bear in my professional life?

Several months went by, I went through life’s motions, but I remember hitting a wall at four months. I had a baby in the winter, so I was looking at the same four walls for months.
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“I was tired of nursing. I was tired of being tired.
And what I felt most guilty about was
that I mourned the loss of my prior life.”

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So, there I stood on the return line at my local TJ Maxx. Shane was attached to my chest in his Baby B’jorn. I don’t think I had showered that day, and I’m fairly certain I had spit up on my sweater.

And, that’s when she walked by me with four kids in tow.

She looked like she commanded her small group of little ones whom all followed her in single file. As she passed by me, she stopped dead in her tracks, looked me square in the eye and said, “You need to know about the Mothers’ Center”.  

Was I wearing the feelings of loss and isolation on my face? I must have looked exactly like the mess I felt like. I took the card she held out and called the number on it almost immediately to get started with their next transitions group.

The day of my first Mothers’ Center group, I lugged my baby in his carseat up the stairs to our meeting room and settled into one of the hand-me-down rockers. There were ten of us in the discussion group. We were all around the same age, and our babies were all in the five month range. As we went around the circle, these women shared openly …

One woman said: “I used to highlight my hair and I miss that.” Me too, I thought! Another said: “I used to meet my friends for cocktails and I haven’t seen anyone in months.” Again, I knew how she felt. And, as we went around the circle, we finally came to the last woman who simply stated all of my own feelings in one short sentence:

”I feel like a shell of my old self.”

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Bingo! There it was. Five months of feeling like I was crazy for thinking these things to only discover… a lot of moms felt this way—like a shell of their old, pre-motherhood self. I was NOT alone.

I recently read, Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton. She writes the following paragraph that summed it up the transition into motherhood for me…

 
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Now seven (almost eight) years later, another son and some experience under my belt, I feel forever in debt to this organization. I have been a member of two Mothers’ Center discussion groups and have made lifelong friendships. The organization and the women who are a part of it, literally saved me from myself.

When the opportunity presented itself for me to be the new Executive Director, I jumped at it. I wanted to help provide every mother with the support, resources and the education I received from Mom-mentum.

I’ve made it my personal mission to make sure every mother knows about us and how we are here to help her – regardless of race, creed, culture or finances. Because, at the end of the day:

We all have the plight and the joys of motherhood as our common bond
and we ALL deserve the support Mom-mentum provides.

 

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Leave a Comment: How did your life change before and after motherhood? Did you find you mourned the loss of your prior life?

 

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alison-laferlita-300wAlison LaFerlita is Executive Director of Mom-mentum as the organization’s public voice; speaking at and attending conferences, serving on leadership and advisory boards, and talking with the media. She works with the Mom-mentum Board of Trustees, Corporate Committee, and other volunteers to ensure that Mom-mentum serves its mission, and she’s actively involved in planning and hosting events. You’re likely to find her at our annual Womens Leadership Conference, the Mom-mentum Mile for Mothers Walk, and national Mom-mentum Conferences. Alison also writes grants, raises money, and manages our budget. Prior to her working at Mom-mentum, Alison was a member of the Southwest Nassau and Long Beach Library Centers. She also enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, photography, entertaining, reading, decorating and lots and lots of family time with her husband and two sons.

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Prioritize Yourself: Put a Little Mom-mentum in Your Life

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Labor Day tends to mark the end of the “lazy days” of summer. And, while the weather’s cooling down, our days’ schedules begin to fill up—with kids activities, volunteer work, house work, professional duties and [you fill in the blank]. When life gets busy, sometimes it can be easy to forget the most important thing to take care of—yourself. YOU are important!

“Mother’s make a profound impact in this world.
Making mothers stronger, means making families more stable,
communities safer, the economy stronger, and SO much more.”

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This year Mom-mentum wants to make it easier than ever for mothers to find ways to better prioritize their own self care. We are thrilled to announce our fall programming and event line-up—with something for every mother, regardless of your interest, schedule or support needs!

All our virtual events and programming are FREE to Mom-mentum Members. If you’re not yet a Mom-mentum Member, now is a great time to join and become part of an organization whose goal is putting mom’s first—just take a look below!

 


Virtual Discussion Groups: Connect with Other Mothers

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Want to connect with other mothers but find it tricky to get out of the house? Our small group, 1-hour, facilitated discussions, guided by Mom-mentum trained facilitators provide moms with face-to-face, non-judgmental support through conversations using their computer’s web camera and ZOOM video software. New conversation topics are offered monthly including:
 Effective Parenting (September); Finding Your Voice (October); Separating Personal and Professional Life (November); and Holidays, Travel and Traditions (December). Find Friendship and support, wherever you are! Learn more and register here.

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Achieving Extraordinary: A Conference for Mothers

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As Long Island’s only conference for professional working mothers,
this event is essential for women on Long Island who are the next generation of influential entrepreneurs, senior executives and CEO’s. Participants develop leadership skills, gain practical advice from successful women in the C-Suite, and are inspired to reach higher and Achieve Extraordinary. This conference will help you make connections that matter and find your personal power, while also supporting our organization as a whole. All tickets purchased include a Mom-mentum membership. 
Get more details and purchase tickets HERE.

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Facilitator Training: Communication with Mothers in Mind

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Sometimes the biggest roadblock to feeling supported as a mother is communication.
Mom-mentum’s online facilitator training—offered at both introductory and advanced levels—helps mothers reflect on and build communication confidence while providing tools and techniques to support other mothers through discussion group conversation. Our first training begins this month!
Find out more and register now.

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2-week eCourse: Become a More Centered Mom

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Find support, friendship and education within a flexible timeframe.
 Inspired by our 200+ discussion guide database, our NEW eCourse series titled
Finding Yourself in the Vast Sea of Motherhood: Becoming a Centered Mom allows participants to bond online and develop a support network while gaining a greater understanding of themselves. Register now here.

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Live and Recorded Webinars: Continue Your Education

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Did you miss our recent webinar Flexible Jobs for Moms Who Want or Need to Work
? NOT TO WORRY! This webinar, and many more, are recorded and ready for you to watch on your own time at your own pace! Members need only to log in and click “Webinars” on the Members’ Dashboard. Once logged in, Mom-mentum Members can visit our past webinars here. Plus, we’ll be announcing additional new webinars soon, on topics related to Parenting, Work Life, Child Development, Eldercare, Advocacy and more. Visit our event registration page for event updates.

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Online Community: Build Authentic Connections & Support

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This support initiative aims to recreate the same safe, non-judgmental environment
our members have come to know and love through our Mothers’ Center Groups —only online Members can connect with other mothers across the nation in an environment similar to Facebook—but guided by volunteer facilitators providing a safer, judgment-free environment for mothers to talk and share their experiences as mothers, professionals and more. To visit the community, our members simply need to
log in and click “Online Member Community” on the Members’ Dashboard.

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What are you waiting for? Start investing in yourself by putting a little Mom-mentum in your life!

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Leave a Comment: There really is something for everyone as a Mom-mentum Member. Do you have questions about any of our events, programming or membership? Which programing initiative are you most excited about? What else would like like to see us offer? Let us know in a comment!

 

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