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5 ways to make a career comeback after the kids are all grown up

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 12:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

These strategies can help you transition from binkies and bottles to carrying a briefcase Fill in the holes on your resume with experience and skills you've gathered over time Take one of the many free or inexpensive online course Consider hiring a career consultant to help you find your path Don't let little setback deter you from achieving your goals Network as much as possible to get your name out there

If you made the decision to stay home with your children in their early years, it could feel a little intimidating to re-enter the workforce.

You've devoted so much of your time to the tending and nurturing of your little ones, but now that they're older, you can enjoy doing something for yourself and get back into the game. 

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In order to make a successful career comeback after having kids, these strategies, offered by, can help you transition from carrying binkies and bottles to carrying a briefcase. 

  • Update your resume

    Staying home with your children doesn't mean that your resume contains larges gaps of unemployment. Fill in these holes with experience and skills you've gathered over time. If you use a bookkeeping program to organize your family's expenses, or if you've spent time raising money for your child's school or volunteering at your church, add it your resume. Take an inventory of your experiences over the last few years and look for anything relevant to the job field you're trying to break into.
  • Learn a few new skills

    Software and technology seems to change with the weather, so if you've been out of the workforce for a while, you might consider brushing up on your skills by taking a few courses or classes on the latest programs. Contact your local continuing education program or community college to see what programs they offer, or try taking one of the many free or inexpensive online course through sites like Lynda.comCourseraedXMIT OpenCourseWare or Udacity.
  • Consider getting helpHaving someone on your side that can work with you to help you get your foot in the door can really jump start your new career. If you just need a little advice along the way, consider hiring a career consultant to help you find your path and guide you to the next step. Or, contact a recruiter that can act as a middleman to help you land that interview.

  • Flexibility is keyGetting back into the game after years away means you might have to start out with less-than-ideal hours and less pay. Don't let these little setback deter you from achieving your goals, and remember that it's only temporary. Pretty soon, you'll feel like a seasoned career woman with a schedule and salary to envy. 

  • Network

    When you're trying to start a new career, especially after spending time away from the workforce, you'll want to network as much as possible to get your name out there. Contact former colleagues, college alumni or other moms that might lead you in the right direction. Becoming a squeaky wheel could mean all the difference.

Looking for a position that allows you to work from home? Check out these top 50 companies hiring for part-time, work-at-home jobs

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Does car insurance cover the self-inflicted damage to your car after a crash in the driveway?

Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 3:49 PM

Veteran car insurance agents answered some questions you might have if you find yourself in this situation Will insurance cover the damage to your vehicles? Does this happen to a lot of other people? Does it matter that the accident occurred on private property? What about the garage door?

If it hasn't happened to you, it's probably happened to someone you know: you manage to damage your car before ever leaving your driveway. (Doh!)

Self-inflicted accidents can happen in several ways, from backing out of your driveway and hitting your spouse's car to crashing into the garage door.

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Since most auto accidents happen on roads and usually involve another driver, you may wonder who pays if you hit a car in your driveway or damage your own property in some other way.

The following information from veteran car insurance agents helps answer the questions you might have if you find yourself in this situation:

Will insurance cover the damage to your vehicles?

Sure, depending on the type of coverage you have. Your liability coverage – which is legally required – covers damage to the car you hit. If you have collision insurance, the damage to your own car will be covered as well, an Atlanta insurance agent explained.

Does this happen to a lot of other people?

Yes, you're not alone. It probably does happen fairly often, the agent said, but many people don't file a claim with their insurance company.

"You're going so slow that the damage is usually minor," he said. So by the time you pay your deductible – which is often $500 to $1,000 – filing a claim may not be worth it.

Does it matter that the accident occurred on private property?

Not really, said Marcus Bullock from Slater Insurance Agency-Nationwide Insurance in Atlanta. The result is the same whether the accident is in your driveway or on Atlanta's streets.

The only real difference is that you won't need to call the police, as you would if it happened on the road. You won't have a police report, but you won't need it, and (thank goodness!) you won't be issued a ticket.

What about the garage door?

Bullock says this can also be covered if you have comprehensive coverage.


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Is there a right way to quit your job? (Yes, believe it or not)

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 2:34 PM

When you think it's time to leave your job, how do you depart in a way that avoids repercussions? Create a loose transition plan for your boss Envision what you can do to make the transition easier on the team When meeting with your employer, use the "compliment sandwich" method Consider how leaving your job will affect your family Leave under good conditions if at all possible

When you think it's time to leave your job, how do you depart in a way that avoids personal and professional repercussions?

There’s no perfect way, but there are some smart moves to make your exit smooth, easier on your soon-to-be former boss and a breeze for you, said Forrest Wildes, director of strategic accounts for Harris Waste Management Group, a company based in Georgia.

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"I would advise the person to make sure that they have considered all the pros and cons about the job they have and that their decision is final," Wildes said.

"I would suggest a meeting with your boss and explain that, for whatever reason, you feel led to take another job or you are moving or whatever the reason," Wildes added. 

Below, other career experts offer insight on the three significant things to consider when you decide to call it quits with your job.

Consider yourself

Will this decision lead you on the right path? Will you regret quitting, considering the consequences? Are you fearful? Do you feel guilty? 

If you are certain this decision is right, you may want to follow these suggestions from

  1. Prepare yourself mentally by listing three things about your current job that make you feel grateful and three things about your new venture that excite you.
  2. List briefly why this transition is right for you in order to build closure and acknowledge the present in a positive way while mentally preparing you for the future.
  3. Create a loose transition plan for your boss, listing your biggest responsibilities, the status of any ongoing projects and a back-up point of contact for your work. Whether or not your boss accepts your plan, by being positive and proactive, you will show respect for the organization and lessen the chance of getting a negative reaction.
  4. Envision what you can do to make the transition easier on the team, and list a few goals you plan to accomplish before your last day; but set reasonable boundaries for yourself such as not extending the standard two-week notice.

Consider your employer

  1. Arrange a short, in-person meeting with your manager.
  2. Use the "compliment sandwich" method: Sandwich the news that you are leaving between the positive of what you are grateful for during your time there and the proactive transition plan you've created. Don't try to control his/her reaction to your news.

Consider your family

How will leaving your job affect your family? Have you discussed your plans with them before you do the final deed of submitting your notice? Have you secured another job before submitting your notice? If not, do you have enough in savings to carry you and your family through until you can secure another job?

Final word, according to Wildes:

"Leave under good conditions if at all possible. Never burn the bridge if you can help it. You never know when you may need a reference or even need your old job back!"


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5 interesting things you missed in Sunday’s classified section

Published: Sunday, January 31, 2016 @ 4:55 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2016 @ 4:55 PM

Looking for a job?

Several municipalities in the area are hiring now.

The City of Fairborn is looking for substitute bus drivers to be on call on an as needed basis.

The City of Centerville is looking for a custodian .

The City of Centerville is also hiring police officers.

Attention Star Wars collectors

Someone is selling Star Wars I memorabilia that includes 28 miniature characters and a Darth Vader carrying case for $300.

There’s also a listing for a special edition of the Star Wars Trilogy for $100.

Got something to sell?

There are buyers looking for military antiques; purple hearts, footlockers, WWII photos.

Diabetic test strips unexpired in sealed boxes.

Old guitars and other musical instruments.

Calling all animal lovers

Looking to expand your family with a cat or dog? You find them here.

If you’ve recently lost your cat, you may want to check here.

Last minute Valentine’s Day shopping for your mother, wife, girlfriend

Don’t overlook the auctions and estate sales which could be your answer to finding a high-end gift at a discounted price.

Items include:

18K yellow gold and platinum diamond wedding ring with 17 diamonds designed by Cartier

14K gold and sapphire bracelet

14K yellow gold diamond and sapphire watch

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Four Things That Can Send Your Resume into the Trash

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 4:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 4:11 PM

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You may be the perfect fit for a job -- but a hiring manager is never going to find that out if he trashes your resume after a mere glance. Even in this age of online professional networking, a great resume is still the foundation of a successful job search.  

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It's common knowledge that spelling errors and grammatical bloopers are trash triggers (and these simple mistakes top many recruiters’ lists of resume pet peeves). But is there anything else that job seekers are unwittingly doing wrong? We asked some recruiting managers and career experts about the resume errors that cause them to crumple and toss a resume at first look -- and some of their answers may surprise you.

1. Your Resume Is Badly Formatted

Looks matter. Career expert Abby Kohut lists misaligned indentations and double spaces as a couple of the things that make a resume start to look like it belongs in the garbage. The fix? Use tabs for indents, and search your document for stray double spaces.

Also beware of being too creative. "I don't like it when I receive resumes with funky fonts," says Mona Abdel-Halim, co-founder of the Web-based resume tool Resunate, who echoed other experts we spoke to. "It is not professional and it makes the resume harder to read." When choosing resume fonts, opt ones that are widely used and readable, such as Calibri or Arial, and use no more than two fonts with their associated bold and italic styles.

2. Your Resume Is Immature

Other hiring managers we talked to said they had immediately trashed resumes with pictures on them -- for example, of cartoon character Bart Simpson (in the case of one applicant for a technical writing job) or of a kitten (an applicant for a customer service job). Cute resume additions like these are for kids -- not professionals.

3. Your Resume Is Too Templated

Longtime recruiter Mike Monroe says that unaltered, familiar resume templates from word-processing programs annoy him. "This won't automatically put you in the trash, but it tells me that you have put less thought into your resume than your competition," he says.

Jessica Campbell, an HR manager for talent agency, says one of her pet peeves is "when a candidate has used a template resume," but hasn't updated it before sending it. (And if you use Word's Track Changes feature to edit your resume, make sure to accept all changes in the final version before submitting it.)

To prevent your resume from ending up in the trash for this reason, customize your resume for each job you apply for using the language of the job ad and highlighting your most relevant experience.

"When the resume is not tailored to the position, it shows you don't really understand what the employer is looking for and are just hoping your resume fits some of the criteria,” says career expert Heather Huhman, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle. “To avoid this mistake, show the employer how you fit those [criteria] through your previous experience, skills and expertise."

4. Your Resume Is Sneaky

Kohut says she immediately distrusts people whose resumes have no dates on them. “Gaps are not a problem,” she says. “The problem is when you try to be deceptive."

David S. Williams, founder and CEO of salary consultancy SpringRaise, agrees, saying that if you are or have been unemployed, don’t try to hide it. “You may be doing yourself a disservice because you may be a strong candidate for a position, but you tried to hide your current status," he says.

A better tactic is to be straightforward on your resume, and then use your cover letter to tell the story of your career's progress -- including information about how you maximized your time away from the 9-to-5 routine. And do remember to write a cover letter -- not doing so is another guaranteed way to get your resume thrown into the trash, according to the experts.

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