Summer is winding down. There are just days left in my little town in Upstate before our school year begins. For some, this may be a relief. Other parents are facing major milestones as their “babies” head off to college or high school or kindergarten.
What this means is that you now have no excuses to not launch a 35+ hour a week job search.
The switchover to the school year requires recalibrating the family schedule. As you are doing this, don’t forget to carve in time for you and what you need to do.
Unemployed fathers and mothers have made the excuse that they had to provide child care for their young children or their older children needed to be carpooled. Great, as long as it doesn’t cut into your time to do what you need to do to find a job. I am all in favor of finding a balance in doing the things you want to do. But, no more excuses.
Here are some ways you might be able to do it all.
- Ask a friend/neighbor to help get your child on the bus and suggest that you will be there to get them off the bus.
- Carpool with fellow team mates. Take turns to make it fair.
- If Jimmy forgets his lunch or cleats or trumpet, that’s his problem. A good lesson learned. Accountability and responsibility are best learned early.
- When attending a school event, turn it into a networking opportunity. Plan before you go to the school event what your goal will be. “I want to meet 2 new parents and learn what they do”. “I want to find the name of someone at XYZ company”. “I want to learn about employment within the school district”. You chose, but go with a mission in mind.
It is easy to say “my child needs me”. It is more difficult to see if they have wings to fly.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.