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There is a secret in our society.
Work can be fulfilling, and even fun!
There seems to be a negative stigma surrounding work. You’ve seen them, the memes that go around Facebook about Monday being the very worst day of the week.
Let me be straight with you. I’ve been at my new job for just under a year now. I’ve not dreaded going to work for one single day.
The old saying is true, “Do what you love and you never work a day in your life!”
But, sometimes getting to that point is hard. When I began my job search, I was not really sure what job I would love. I had been out of the working world for many, many years. The things I studied in college were decades away; and my goals, ideals and aspirations had changed along the way as well.
I knew that I wanted to work with social media, I knew that I wanted to write, and I knew that I wanted to help and encourage people.
Every Working Woman Needs a Job Coach
What I really would have benefited from was a job coach. One of my major regrets of my college career was not taking advantage of the career counseling center. This office helped students refine their resumes, prepare for interviews and even had some job placement assistance. Because of my lack of direction, I avoided the very people who could help give me direction!
In the years that passed since my college graduation in 1994 a lot has changed in the working world. Resumes are no longer typed on typewriters and printed on thick, pastel colored paper. Increasingly, more and more resumes are not printed on paper at all, rather they are electronic and sent via email to potential employers.
I navigated all of these changes and crafted resumes and cover letters and prepared for interviews alone. Well, not completely alone. I had my trusty friend Google to help me along.
I went through a grueling interview process with a state government job that I did not get, and yet it gave me the confidence that I was employable. I continued to apply for positions of increasing responsibility and scope, and finally, after months of hard work, landed the job that I now love and flourish in.
I still would have benefited from a coach. And, truthfully, I still devote part of my work week to developing and improving my skills. I have challenged myself to read one professional book a week. (I’m currently reading Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, and wish that I had started it even sooner.)
Mom Corps YOU Wants to Be Your Job Coach
This past week I was invited by MomCentral to try out Mom Corps YOU launched by Mom Corps, a national award-winning professional talent acquisition and career development firm. Mom Corps YOU is an online community to help professionals better integrate their professional and personal lives. Mom Corps believes that work-life satisfaction is best achieved when you can take ownership of several key areas of your life, including career, finances and health & wellness, and this subscription-based community provides education, resources and tools to help you do just that.
I loved the features on the Mom Corps YOU site!
- The subscription service provides two informative ,live, webinars each week (don’t worry, you can also view a recording at a time convenient to you. This afternoon featured a “Three Step Resume Workshop” and Thursday I will be taking in a presentation from Cali Yost titled “Ten Steps to Work-Life Balance” (I totally need that!)
- Members have one-on-one access to live Mom Corps recruiters.
- There is a discussion forum and an “Ask Mom Corps” Portal.
- members-only e-newsletter features articles, action items and tips from Jean Chatzky, Dr. Taz, Allison O’Kelly and more.
- Self-directed training modules, E-books, whitepapers and slide share presentations (I love these! I am a life-long learner!)
- Templates / workbooks / checklists … and much more!
Basically, Mom Corps You is an online job coach who knows the unique needs of women in the workforce. I know that a site like this would have made my job search easier, and it continues to make my transition to working mom a smooth one.
Mom Corps YOU is offing a special Introductory Offer – $99.99 (regularly $149/year). So, for about the cost of one latte and a pastry a month you can have this amazing resource at your fingertips!
Disclosure: I was given a free trial of Mom Corps You in order to facilitate this review. I am impressed and will likely remain a member. This post also contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase or subscribe using these links, I will earn a small percentage (at no additional cost to you!) I appreciate you taking the time to read this post and sincerely hope that you will share it with others if you found it helpful!
Chime in! What advice do you have to share with fellow working women? Did you have a job coach? a mentor? How did you get where you are today? We would love to hear from you!