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02 Feb

FlexJobs Announces Their Annual List of 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs in 2016

If you are interested in finding a work from home or freelance opportunity, one of our favorite online resources is FlexJobs. Sara Sutton Fell and her team carefully curate the jobs listings on their site to ensure that every job listing meets their criteria as a FlexJob. The benefit to site users is that the legwork is already done. Every job listed is a true freelance or flexwork opportunity.

Every year they release the list of the 100 Top Companies with Remote Jobs. We were thrilled to see household names like Amazon and Dell at the top of the list accompanied by staffing firms like Kelly Services. To see the full list CLICK HERE.

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26 Sep

Entrepreneurship, Divorce and Parenthood. How I “Do It?”

My career involves mentoring, inspiring and empowering women. Sometimes I get asked where I find my own motivation, how do I stay positive and how do I manage  running a start-up company while being a divorced mom of three girls. Here is part of the answer to that question:

I have my own support system that includes coaches, family  and friends. I find that girl friends are SO important. Having founded a Social Selling company, II talk to other folks in the Direct Sales owners circle. We share ideas and discuss potential pitfalls. I even pick up the phone and call direct competitors. I feel that we are collectively better when the industry is strong.

I exercise often.  Cardio and walks help clear my head. If you friend me on Facebook, you will see the regular replay of my Spotify BootyShake playlist that keeps me moving!  I do weights to feel strong and I get regular massages to relieve stress. I spend each morning reading for a few minutes before I wake the girls, sometimes business books and sometimes pleasure (right now I am reading Night Circus -fun- and Multipliers - biz).

Sometimes I forget to feed the dogs and I try not to become too annoyed when the kids ask for more pets. I try to keep First Things First and I prioritize. My daughters help a lot. I cannot say enough about how wonderful these three little ladies are. They love me unconditionally and treat me well.

I have a growing team of women around the country, the Winnie & Kat Independent Stylists, who believe in my crazy dream. These women are out there promoting the company, creating their own businesses and sharing the opportunity. They each work the business in their own way and they help me to grow as a leader and as a person.

I need to make difficult decisions sometimes and sometimes I get lonely, but that’s ok. I find that being in my 40’s, I am able to ease up on myself and it helps that I am not a perfectionist. I look at life this way: We’re here, so let’s make the most of it. Follow your dreams and take risks. Ask for help when you need it. Take big leaps because, outside of your comfort zone, that’s where you’ll find the magic.*

*The magic part is borrowed from Independent Stylist, Meredith Carpenter. I love it!

Diane Prince Johnston Founder and CEO Winnie & Kat 310.924.0171 Successes through Dresses http://www.linkedin.com/in/dianeprincejohnston http://www.facebook.com/winnieandkatsocialselling

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15 Sep

From Stay-at-Home Moms to Back-to-Work Lawyers

NYTimes.com By MICHAEL WINERIP Published: February 18, 2013 Since 2007, the Pace University School of Law in White Plains has been running a program aimed at helping lawyers who had left the field — typically stay-at-home mothers — re-enter the legal profession. Called New Directions, the course consists of 11 weeks of classroom refresher training and then an 11-week internship working as a lawyer in any of a number of settings, including law firms, government and nonprofit agencies and corporate offices. Pace offers two sessions a year, typically of 12 to 18 lawyers each. About 95 percent are women, and the average age is about 50. To date, 150 people have completed the training, with about half going on to paying jobs as lawyers. The cost is $7,000; participants may qualify for retraining grants of up to $3,000 from the United States Department of Labor. Another school offering a similar program includes the American University Washington College of Law Lawyer Re-Entry Program. That course is six days, spread over three weeks, and costs about $1,500; there are no internships. Jeannette Rossoff, 56, now in-house counsel for New York eHealth Collaborative, a nonprofit organization. Enlarge This Image Pace University Cheryl Schacht, front row far left, and members of the Pace program for parents re-entering the work force. Ms. Schacht is now a litigation lawyer for an international bank. Readers’ Comments Following are interviews with three women who completed the Pace New Directions program. CHERYL SCHACHT, 54, Pound Ridge, N.Y. Current Position Litigation counsel for an international bank. Law school Cleveland Marshall, class of 1984. Positions before leaving law In-house counsel for a real estate developer, 1984 to 1988; prosecutor, United States attorney, Madison, Wis., 1988 to 1998. Reason for leaving Stay-at-home mom for two children, now 15 and 18. How long were you at home? Fifteen years. Husband’s job? Lawyer for a nonprofit organization. Did he consider being the stay-at-home parent? No, he’s a great dad, but I don’t think that’s something in his makeup. Why did you want to return to law? I’d been taking care of everyone else, now I wanted to take care of me. Had you applied for legal jobs? I sent off all these résumés. They disappeared into a black hole. I met with a recruiter in White Plains; she didn’t give me a very favorable response. She said there are so many people just out of law school with great credentials who can’t get jobs, maybe you should try a new career. How did you feel the Pace program could help you? I was very concerned about the whole technology issue. When I last worked at the U.S. attorney’s office in the 1990s, I dictated letters and briefs that support staff typed. E-mail was just beginning. What about that 15-year gap in your résumé? I thought to myself, “I’m not confident enough to put myself out there.” They said don’t ignore that period, don’t be ashamed, you need to say you were a full-time caregiver for two children. You were a class parent, a fund-raiser, on the hiring committees for the school district, you worked at church, you’re still a vibrant person. Did the internship help? The sponsor organization knew that our skills were probably rusty and the internships allowed us an opportunity to practice working again with more training and mentoring than would be available if you were starting a real job cold turkey. People there were very interested in making sure we had a good experience. I was able to get my foot in the door of an organization, and they were able to observe me. Your internships? I spent 11 weeks at a bank that ended last June. It went well, but they didn’t have anything. Then I did a second internship, an in-house position for a tech company, but they didn’t have anything either. In September, I was talking with the people at the bank, and they offered me the job I have now. Salary? Less than my husband’s but more than when I left the U.S. attorney. JEANNETTE ROSSOFF, 56, Manhattan Current position In-house counsel, New York eHealth Collaborative, a nonprofit organization. Law school Boston University class of 1983. Position before leaving law Corporate attorney, Shearman Sterling, 1983 to 1985. Reason for leaving Stay-at-home mom for four children, now ages 21 to 28. How long were you at home? 20 years. Husband’s occupation? Investment banker. Did he consider being the stay-at-home parent? No. He was very ambitious. Relevant work experience during the 20-year gap? A small, part-time law practice out of the home. I also did fund-raising for schools and a community park. And I was the president of our co-op board for five years. I oversaw the installation of a new gym — it needed two-thirds to pass. I was always dealing with irate shareholders. Internship? New York State attorney general, charity bureau enforcement. Did they offer a position? Several higher-ups said they wanted to, but there was a job freeze. Did you consider returning to corporate law? No, I would have been competing with young people right out of law school willing to stay up all night working, and I didn’t have that kind of energy. How did you find your current job? Networking. I must have talked to 50 people about jobs. I did a small pro bono case for one, which eventually led to the in-house counsel position. It also helped that I was able to talk with the people at Pace about what kind of salary and title to ask for — those are hard things to know. Salary? Less than when I left Shearman Sterling in 1985. Hours? 9 to 5 or 6. Do you think your age hurt you? I actually think it helped. As a general counsel, a lot of what I do is giving advice. I’m not just some young bright kid, I can make judgments based on a lifetime of experiences. CYNTHIA WELLS, 53, Rye, N.Y. Current Position Staff attorney, Sidley Austin, securities law. Law school Vanderbilt, class of 1984. Position before leaving law Associate attorney, securities law, Brown and Wood, 1984 to 1989. Reason for leaving Stay-at-home mom for six children, now ages 14 to 24. Husband’s occupation? He owns a couple of businesses. Did he consider being the stay-at-home parent? No. Relevant experience while at home? Community volunteer work, my church — and six kids kept me plenty busy. Your internship? Two days a week as an in-house counsel for the Juilliard School and three days a week at the law firm, Sidley Austin. How did you get your job? Sidley Austin is the same firm I’d worked for before my children — it was renamed. I’d known the woman doing the hiring, and she was willing to give me the chance for an internship, which led to the job. Was returning hard? When I came back, the Dodd-Frank Act was just being implemented and they needed lawyers with expertise in Dodd-Frank. So the law was new and I was new, and I learned the law as it evolved. Hours? 50 or more. Salary? Low six figures. The young women who were your colleagues at the firm when you left are partners now, your bosses. Do you feel left behind? I’m definitely an ambitious person, I want to go as far as I can. But I am just so happy to be back practicing law. I do not consider myself limited. I think my own abilities will determine how far I can go. Booming: Living Through the Middle Ages offers news and commentary about baby boomers, anchored by Michael Winerip. You can connect with Michael Winerip on Facebook here. You can follow Booming via RSS here or visit nytimes.com/booming and reach us by e-mail at booming@nytimes.com This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: February 20, 2013 A previous version of this article gave an incorrect example of other school programs aimed at helping lawyers re-enter the profession. The program at University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco was taken over about a year ago by Lawyers Life Coach, a for-profit job counseling service.

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09 Sep

Staying “Relevant” While Home with the Kids Makes Returning to Work a Little Easier

It's wise to stay "relevant" during the years you are home with your kids because returning to the workforce after years of unemployment is difficult for anyone, but even more challenging for Moms. Moms have to balance family, demanding carpool and activity schedules, homework, school volunteer requirements in addition to working. And employers know it. And many career Moms have admitted regretting giving up their careers, not because of their children, but because of how it changed their view of themselves or their earning potential. One well quoted Mom, Lisa Endlich Heffernan put it out there in a recent Huffington Post column because she knew she was not alone.

My tips for staying relevant:

  1. Stay up on business news, subscribe to online news services that deliver relevant industry or local business news directly to your In Box. Reading something news related keeps your head in the game and keeps you in the loop on whats taking place in your industry.
  2. Stay in touch with your past co-workers and make sure they know you've still got game.
  3. Continue building your network (Linked In, local business networks, industry specific networks) Watch this video for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VqDGcUw84E
  4. Be strategic about your volunteer work, select committees or responsibilities that look good on a resume (treasurer, fundraiser, marketing). How is your volunteer work applicable to your "work" work?
  5. Start a Work from Home business (direct sales, online, consulting) to keep your skills sharp, earn some money, build your resume, and maybe even be so successful you won't need to get a job.
  6. Get a part-time job.
  7. Find a recruiter. The right recruiter will believe in you as a candidate and want to work with you today, tomorrow or next yer.
  8. Build a support system so that when you do land a job transitioning into it is easier.
  9. Have two "go-to" professional outfits in your closet at all times so that attending meetings, networking events or future interviews is less stressful.
  10. Do what you love - you love being with your kids...but what do you love to do?  What fulfills you? Make sure this time around your career is as fulfilling as your home life Watch this video example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdXbbIu1vM

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