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March 30, 2015

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What to Avoid When Networking

latest-news-image5Knowing how to network is always a good idea, but knowing how not to network may be even better. This article gives seven tips on how to do it right.

One Call That Can Fulfill Two Important Life Callings:

Motherhood & Livelihood

How To Be a Stay At Home Mom

For so many women, two very important callings in life are often in conflict with one another – motherhood and having a career. The struggle to achieve both, and doing it blissfully, is well-documented.

For every mom, making the decision to stay home with your kids, or join the workforce, can be a difficult process and there is no right answer.

Every woman must make the choice that brings her the closest to fulfilling her hopes, dreams, and her calling. Fortunately, there is an opportunity to accomplish these two very important callings in life, without sacrificing your own livelihood in the process.

It’s Motherhood Calling: Stay At Home for Life’s Important Moments

Work-life balance has happened for tens of thousands of moms who made the call to Arise, and it can happen for you, too. As an independent business owner, you set your own schedule around other important parts of your life. You are your own boss. Work wouldn’t feel like its interrupting your life; it becomes a pleasant part of it. You control your work- your work doesn’t control you.

When you start your own home-based Independent Business, you are determining your earning potential, based on the frequency you work and the results you produce. You decide how large or small you want your company to be, and whether you make thousands, or hundreds of thousands, dollars a year.

Learn how working from home can be the best investment you make in your personal and professional fulfillment by reading the full article on the Arise Home-Based Business Blog.

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Want to Communicate Effectively? Ask What vs. Why

By Mary Lippitt

At first glance, exchanging information, meaning, and messages among team members appears deceptively simple. After all, you know each other and share common goals. Nonetheless, communication and misunderstanding often continue.  The drive to get to the heart of the matter often has us make assumptions in order to quickly fill in the blanks. And these hasty conclusions tend to depend on a personal motivational filter, more than an open and rational analysis.

Effective communication takes analysis to understand what is being said, before trying to understand why it is being said.  While working as a consultant with an executive team it became clear during a strategy meeting that the CEO and his staff were talking past each other. The staff viewed the new direction and rejection of current practices as an effort for him to make his mark. The CEO attributed the opposition to jealousy or collusion. He had only focused on why they resisted, instead of what facts and trends caused their objections.

Communication problems can be kept manageable if we start with an analysis of what drove a recommendation, rather than trying to decode why an idea was being advanced. Read More

What’s Next? Assessing Your Career Post-Baby

By Michelle Kruse

Having a child changes your life in a major way. And while many women will return to their current job following maternity leave, others may decide to seek a career that fits better with their new lifestyle. Between flexible hours and childcare options, a number of new factors come into play after adding a new member to your family.

Navigating this new reality can certainly be a challenge for moms, but it’s worth the obstacles if it means providing a better life for your family. If you’re unsure whether you should stay put or find something new, consider these five questions that might help you make a decision.

What can — and can’t — you afford to do? You may dream of staying home full-time or cutting back on your hours, or your new responsibilities may have you feeling anxious for a raise. Think about what a new family member really means for your finances, and consider that an important part of your decision-making process.

How much time are you expected to spend in the office? If you regularly worked 60-hour weeks pre-baby, it may be difficult to transition to a more moderate schedule when you return from maternity leave. And no matter how much of a workaholic you are, 60-hour weeks simply won’t work if you have any plans to see your child. On the other hand, if your superiors have been consistently flexible with your schedule, allowing you to work remotely on occasion and leave early every now and then, it could be a much better situation for your new life. Read More

Seven Career Tips for the Millennial Woman

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girl on computerBy Amy Klimek

Millennial women are passionate, optimistic and hard working. We know what we want, but we don’t always know how to get it. Sometimes, we don’t have the self-confidence or self-belief that we should. This can change. If you’re ready to take the next step, here are seven career tips compiled especially for you and the 30 million other millennial ladies who work every day of the week.

1. Mental preparation is the key to success in the office, in the gym and at home. Prepare to succeed by setting daily and weekly goals and by taking the time to plan your future. If you want to achieve big things, outline a number of smaller goals that will take you there.

2. Manage your time. First, learn how to prioritize. Second, create a daily to-do list and time outline. Budget for weekly meetings and time spent on office duties. Third, avoid time suckers. Set limits, and put these activities on the back burner until more important tasks are complete.

3. Read your way to success. According to bosses, many millennials don’t handle criticism well and have trouble managing impatience toward established workplace practices. Master these soft skills by reading the classics. “The One Minute Manager,” “Contact: The First Four Minutes,” “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun” and “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” are all excellent books. Read More

Unique Job Options for Dieticians

The most common work environment for registered dieticians is within the realm of health care. Hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities employ dieticians to provide guidance and management of patients’ complex dietary needs.

Schools also employ those with backgrounds in nutrition. Due to the concern of childhood obesity and the need for healthier school lunches, dieticians are often on the front lines of ensuring children are getting the nutrients they need from their school meals.

However, there are many other options for those with an advanced degree in nutrition. From communications and marketing to food production, there is a growing need for professionals with in-depth knowledge of nutrition and diet. Read More

A Stay-at-Home Mom’s Guide to Opting Back In to the Workforce

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By Michelle Kruse

One of the first expressions that I ever heard uttered was, “It’s just like riding a bike.” There is a lot of truth to those words — anyone who learned to ride a two-wheeler but then spends time without doing so believes that they could dust off that seat and start pedaling around the block with ease. That said, like most things, it’s not always so easy.

You might have to put your feet down a bit more than you remember. Maybe you can’t go as fast as your 10-year-old mind recalls, or maybe that once-sensational rush has been replaced by agonizing fear that you’ll accidentally ride off a cliff into an Evel Knievel experience… OK, maybe that’s just me.

The point is, after we’ve taken time off from anything, we get rusty. There are not many exceptions to this rule, and rejoining the workforce is definitely no different. For many people, especially mothers, a couple years out of the workforce can feel like an eternity. You’ve replaced the water cooler with the bottle warmer, hitting deadlines turns to hitting the diaper pail, and 5:01s become 5-in-the-mornings.

While the thought of returning to a “normal” working life may seem daunting, I’m here to offer my advice for how to best get back into the professional groove.

1. PREPARE. Just as you have to put air back in a bike’s tires, prepare yourself. Is there a job waiting for you? If not, a great place to start is with your cover letter and resume. Your cover letter is the perfect place to explain your gap in employment. Emphasize your desire to return to the workforce and how you’ve maintained your skillset. Revisit your resume; think about using a functional resume to focus on your experience. You may not have been bringing in a paycheck, but you’ve been no slacker! You’ve mastered multi-tasking — you were the CEO, accountant, project manager and the support team. Tight deadlines approaching… a seasoned mom won’t bat a lash.

2. GO SLOW. Be realistic with your inner expectations. Becoming overwhelmed with workloads is often cited upon re-entry. Instead of accepting the 20 projects you were accustomed to, take the mindset that you’re more like a seasoned new-hire. You have all the skills, you just need a little ramp up until you can return to full speed. Read More