I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Stand Out From the Crowd

As you know, I’ve been sharing about my experience with Mom Corps YOU over the past few months. Mom Corps, a national award-winning professional talent acquisition and career development firm, has launched Mom Corps YOU, an online community to help professionals better integrate their professional and personal lives.

This opportunity has come at a great time for me, as I have just celebrated my one-year anniversary at my new job; a job I acquired after sixteen years as a stay at home mom and freelance writer.

I wish I had found Mom Corps YOU sooner though, as the tools for improving my resume, sample interview questions and the like would have saved me hours of web searching. The internet is full of such information, but the information on Mom Corps YOU is carefully curated with working moms and women re-entering the workforce in mind. There are guidelines for negotiating a flexible work schedule, and, what I really needed help with. . .tips on what to wear for a job interview.

Like most moms, my previous “mom uniform” consisted of yoga pants and t shirts. Not exactly job interview material. However, Having been out of the workforce for so long, I was not sure what was expected in a job interview. In polling my friends I received answers ranging from dress pants and a sweater, to a full suit. I ended up compromising and buying  a skirt that I felt good in, a bright blouse and a blazer.

This month I was able to participate in a webinar titled “How To Dress for a Job Interview” with wardrobe consultant Lori Wynn (I need a full-time wardrobe consultant). I picked up helpful tips not only for job interview dressing (I love my job and am not hunting for a new one), but also for dressing for the job I have. I learned that the best length for a skirt in an office environment is just and inch above or an inch below the knee. Proper shoes include conservative low pumps, or dressy flats. It is important to not overdress just as much as it is important to not underdress. I try to always be at my best, as I never know when I will be meeting with a donor–and with donors, like with a potential employer, a good first impressi9on is key.

I really enjoyed the seminar this week on “look and Sound Like a Leader”. Confidence is everything, and being reminded how to find that confidence to speak authoritatively was so helpful. I was reminded that body language has just as much to do with speaking, as our words do. Which reminds me of this great “Power Pose” TED Talk.

So, now that you’ve sat up. . .

What are your career aspirations? Do you like your job? Ready to change careers? Ready to re-enter the workforce? Ready for a change?

Mom Corps YOU has some great tools to help you integrate your work and life better.Mom Corps YOU has a great live chat feature. You can connect with a job coach for advice on your resume, interview questions or even selecting that perfect interview outfit.

The Mom Corps YOU site is full of great tools such as thank you note templates, eBooks on professional topics and discussion boards with other moms like you.

www.momcorpsYOU.com is a subscription service and is available for $99 a year of $19.99 a month and is worth every cent. I log on first thing every morning and select one blog post, eBook, or recorded webinar to consume as part of my professional continuing education. I’m much more confident and driven thanks to my participation at Mom Corps YOU! Give it a try!