MomFair Quoted on CBSLA with The Fab Mom’s Jill Simonian

The Fab Mom Jill Simonian CBSLA

MomFair Quoted on CBSLA with The Fab Mom’s Jill Simonian

Jill Simonian, also known as The Fab Mom (and one of our MomFair LIVE! hosts) recently shared some of our tips for moms who want to re-enter the workforce with her audience at CBSLA where she does a weekly parenting segment. See our tips below.

Jill also recommends spending 15 minutes a day at rebuilding your network and relaunching your career. Finding the time is key. Also check out Nicole Feliciano of MomTrends new book Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids & Success. Read Jill’s post on The Fab Mom.

 

Here’s an excerpt from our interview with Jill. She shared some of these tips on CBS and on her site.

Where should I start if I’m looking for some kind of career change from what I did before kids? 
Our MomFair site and Facebook feed are a great place to start. We review, evaluate and share information from many career resources and experts.

Should I be scared of the resume gap? How do I explain it? 
Don’t be afraid of it – embrace it. You did productive things during those years at home with your kids. You led committees at school, managed community gatherings, and organized charity events. Find a way to represent that on your resume – list your skills. Skills are most important to recruiters and hiring managers. Look through Linked In at other people’s resumes and get ideas. And set up your own profile immediately. Use a professional looking headshot – no kids in it and not one from a family vacation. Fill out the profile fully – volunteer efforts, college, associations. Then see where you have “gaps” and be creative (but honest) in how you fill those in. The first place everyone looks to know more about your and what you offer professionally is Linked In. Still stumped?  Reach out to us at MomFair and we will help.

Best resources for flexible work?
#1 is FlexJobs. Its worth the monthly subscription fee because they qualify all of their listings. Companies do not pay to be listed on their site. We also like Power to Fly (for tech) and Work at Home Mom Revolution (get on her email list and follow her on twitter).

Best classes for skills development?
General Assembly and Skillcrush. For a minimal investment of time and money you can develop a new skill that can get you hired!

 

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