In October, after I lost my job, I shared 8 Job Hunting Sites For The Out-of-Work Mom. These were the sites I planned to utilize in my job hunt. I'm still utilizing them. There's been a few leads. On the very few interviews I've had, I came across and chatted with quite a few people. Of these people, I met three moms who were interviewing for different positions. Accounting, administrative assistant and office management. Each at different interviews. Two of the moms had children who were at an age where mom could return to work (one's hubby was forcing her and the other was loosing her PA) and the other mom's hubby had lost his job and both her and her husband were looking for new jobs to supplement his huge lost income, (due to the company he worked for going bankrupt). It was really taking a toll on her. She was missing her two sets of twins sitting in daycare.
It's hard to be a mom of four who's recently lost her job in a screwy economy. It's even harder to be a mom who hasn't worked in years and is now forced to enter the workforce in a screwy economy. I suggested my 8 job sites to each of the moms, who weren't really internet/social media savvy, but now I wished I had reached out further by exchanging email addresses, because now that I've researched it, I've found a handful of sites that I would have recommended to them.The email would have gone like this:
Dear fellow job hunting mom,
You may not remember me, it's been a few weeks since we met at an interview. We had coffee afterward, remember? (or in the case of the last mom, We saw each other in Subways after the interview and we chatted about your 4 kids and you and your husband's job search, remember?)
Just wanted to touch base and see how the job search is going. I was searching the web for more job hunting resources and came across WorkingMother.com. I suggest checking out their list of 2010 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. One hundred companies across the US that are mom friendly and flexible. When you're done with the list, check out the rest of the website. There are inspirational stories from other working moms, posts on balancing work and family, a page on Giveaways (cause you know, free stuff is especially great when you're out of work) and a listing of events and conferences.
With you on my mind, I decided to look into other resources for moms returning to work. Check these out:
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