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Thank you to guest blogger May Reid-Well for this insightful and timely post.

Ever try resurrecting a career after a long, long break?

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I had thought about picking my career up where I left off ever since my youngest started school. It was back-to-work or join the other mammies for playdates. I love my children but watching little Keefra dribble organic smoothie down their chin, while his mother eulogizes the benefits of kale, notachance.com.
 
 
First Steps
Pre-marriage and kids, I had a promising career in publishing. I loved it, but a sneaky, relentless recession and childcare costs conspired to put a halt to my career gallop. Now I was ready to return to the workforce; employers you’re welcome. Building on my skills, I re-educated, reskilled and retrained and was ready to forge a path in a new career – technology management.

With my trademark enthusiasm, I was the mam with the plan. Send awesome CV, get great job, work, promotion, awards, regain success and status, inspire my babies to greatness. I decided a generic CV and cover letter emailed to as many employers was that mornings project. Two weeks later I was ready to hit send.

The Waiting Game
I waited and waited and nothing. I followed up with a few “did you get my email?” type emails.

I waited and waited and got one reply from a pleasant, but to the point HR guy. It was not a job offer, it was my first PFO (please fx@k off) email, that wrapped some sage advice. It went something like this:Thank you for taking an interest in our company, blah, blah. We are not recruiting, blah, blah. Some other words. Very competitive market, blah, blah.

And then the line that took my coffee breath away; “It might be worth considering having your CV professionally done”.

Death by Hubris
What did he mean, in terms of computer skills I was closer to Bill Gates than Jessica Fletcher? Thankfully, I have a friend who always sided with me. She agreed that he was completely insane not offer me a job on the spot but would read my CV anyway.

And then she spotted it, the error in my magnum opus. An omission that forever reminds me that I have a weakness. I call this an UNDO moment because if I could, I would. The word ‘public’, used repeatedly throughout, was spelt without the ‘L’. Spellcheck, you are not an ally.

I reverted to using my maiden name and resent all the emails. Different name, reduced shame.

What now?
Transitioning from everyone’s everything to employee extraordinaire, was not the simple strut I imagined. In my absence, the job market had evolved, morphed into a stranger. Virtual connections replaced shoe leather and printed, bound and posted CVs where replaced by online portfolios. But I persist. If someone asks, as I’m sure at some point someone will, ‘When will you give up?’, I will look them straight in the eye and say, ‘lotto win’.

I decided to document my journey in the blog www.facebook.com/theanxiousjobhunter. This is a blog of lessons I have learned along the way – even the ones I wish I could erase from my memory. You might find them beneficial or you might just be glad you’re not me.
 
 
© Copyright 2018 – May Reid-Well – All Rights Reserved
 
 

Hi, I’m a forty(ish), fit(ish), fed up female.
After a career break (two children long) I decided to resurrect a once blossoming career in publishing. Even though, I held a variety of part-time roles – from healthcare to sales – picking up where I left off proved easier in theory than in practice. While I have attended a ridiculous number of interviews my Holy Grail of jobs has proved an elusive lover. To ease the sting of multiple rejections I decided to start a blog; it was cheaper than a therapist.

Enjoy,
May Reid-Well

Please feel free to contact me:
Website: www.theanxiousjobhunter.com
Email: theanxiousjobhunter@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theanxiousjobhunter
Twitter: @anxiousjobhunt
Instagram: theanxiousjobhunter

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I’ve heard, read and experienced first-hand how women often resent other women “making money off them.” Some women don’t expect women in business to sell them their products or services – they expect them to give them away free or at the very least give it to them at a deep discount.

Being paid what you are worth means believing that you’re worth being paid.

Let me ask you this:
What’s wrong with making money?
Why shouldn’t we sell you our products or services like any other businesses would?

Two more questions:
Why should we discount our products or services?
Why should we, as women, be ashamed to charge what we are worth?

Here’s my philosophy: Being paid what you are worth means believing that you’re worth being paid.

If you want to be successful in business you have to believe it is alright to make money – it is alright to charge what you are worth.

Why are women paid less than men doing the same job?
Because we are allowing it to happen – we are putting ourselves on the sales rack.

Isn’t about time women stop expecting other women to give them a discount or worse yet, resent being asked to pay for a product or service?

Isn’t it about time we women take ourselves seriously as money making women in business?

Isn’t it about time we value our worth in the marketplace?

Women supporting women in business means not expecting your friend, independent consultant, author, network marketer or any woman in business to discount or give away her products/services. This thinking is undermining and disrespecting a woman’s ability to grow a profitable business.

So, let me sell you one of my books and I make no apologies.
Mindset of Prosperity book coverHow To Create The Mindset of Prosperity and Wealth: Woman’s guide to a money making attitude
The empowered woman’s guide to developing and enjoying an unstoppable moneymaking attitude.

Women who enjoy prosperity and wealth have learned to nurture the mindset of abundance. A prosperous mindset encourages day-to-day thoughts and actions that foster the attitude of financial success. Prosperity is not only a state of financial well-being, it is also a state of mind.

Here’s the link to purchase your copy:
How To Create The Mindset of Prosperity and Wealth
 
 
 
Thank you for reading my “editorial rant.”

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
P. S. Here’s a link to read more about coaching with me one-on-one – if you don’t see a Coaching Package that fits your budget, needs or time frame, we will customize one just for you. Sharon’s Coaching Packages
 
 

© Copyright 2018 SharonMichaels.com – All Rights Reserved

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If you had to choose five life lessons that influenced or molded you into the adult you are today, what would you write about? Over the past days I’ve been sharing some of my personal life lessons. Here are links to all five lessons.

Life Lessons
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #1: Life Lesson #1 – There is a price to pay for success.
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #2: Life Lesson #2 – Life is going to throw you curve balls.
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #3: Life Lesson #3 – You don’t have to be one of the “cool girls” to be cool.
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #4: Life Lesson #4 – Loss is healed one positive and loving step forward.
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #5: Life Lesson #5 – Empowered women empower other women.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
P. S. Here’s a link to read more about coaching with me one-on-one – if you don’t see a Coaching Package that fits your budget, needs or time frame, we will customize one just for you. Sharon’s Coaching Packages
 
 

© Copyright 2018 SharonMichaels.com – All Rights Reserved

 
How to Give Yourself the POWER to Succeed
 
Be sure to purchase your copy of Sharon’s empowering paperback and Kindle book, How To Give Your the POWER to Succeed on Amazon.com – Recognizing the things you’re doing that may be keeping you from the things you want.
 
 
 
I invite you to stop by and check out my Author page on Amazon.com – learn more about all my Amazon books Sharon Michaels Amazon.com Author page

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If you had to choose five life lessons that influenced or molded you into the adult you are today, what would you write about? Over the past five days I’ve been sharing some of my personal life lessons. Links to the past four lessons are at the bottom of this post.

Life lessons can be those painful or happy things that alter our life’s direction or change the way we view the world.

Life Lesson #5. Empowered women empower other women.

I learned early in life that it is easier to succeed when you have a role model, mentor or coach to guide you along the often bumpy road to success.

I’ve always gravitated toward women who were supportive of other women. Women who believed there is strength in numbers. Women who believed in cooperation instead of competition. Strong women who wanted to share their wisdom with others through books, posts, networking, volunteer work, coaching, etc.

empowered womenWe can learn so much from one another because when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. I’m not sure who the author is of this quotation, but it is a favorite of mine: “When women support each other incredible things happen.”

I believe the delicious pie of success gets bigger when we support one another. There is more than enough success to go around. Your success doesn’t limit or take away from my ability to succeed. I don’t envy your successes, I applaud them.

With all that said, let me ask you this: Is there a girl/woman you know who can benefit from your life lessons? Is there something you can do today to support the successes of other women?

I’ve seen firsthand how something as simple as “you can do this” can have the power to change the course of someone’s life for the positive.
 
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #1: Life Lesson #1 – There is a price to pay for success.
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #2: Life Lesson #2 – Life is going to throw you curve balls.
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #3: Life Lesson #3 – You don’t have to be one of the “cool girls” to be cool.
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #4: Life Lesson #4 – Loss is healed one positive and loving step forward.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
P. S. Here’s a link to read more about coaching with me one-on-one – if you don’t see a Coaching Package that fits your budget, needs or time frame, we will customize one just for you. Sharon’s Coaching Packages
 
 

© Copyright 2018 SharonMichaels.com – All Rights Reserved

 
How to Give Yourself the POWER to Succeed
 
Be sure to purchase your copy of Sharon’s empowering paperback and Kindle book, How To Give Your the POWER to Succeed on Amazon.com – Recognizing the things you’re doing that may be keeping you from the things you want.
 
 
 
I invite you to stop by and check out my Author page on Amazon.com – learn more about all my Amazon books Sharon Michaels Amazon.com Author page

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If you had to choose five life lessons that influenced or molded you into the adult you are today, what would you write about? Over the next few days I’ll be sharing some of my personal life lessons.

Life lessons can be those painful or happy things that alter our life’s direction or change the way we view the world.

Life Lesson #4. Loss is healed one positive and loving step forward.

Loss is a harsh reality no matter our age. You can feel the pain for days, months and years from the loss of a loved one, a beloved pet or even a coveted job or career opportunity. If someone or something is important to you and they are gone, it’s devastating – it hurts.

When my son passed away at six years old I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to feel joy or love again. Part of my heart died that day.

The healing and trusting process took years. I can honestly tell you that even though it has been over forty years, it still hurts.
 
Looking back I’ve learned:
_ To appreciate what I have in the here and now.

_ To spend quality time with loved ones and express my love daily.

_ That nothing is more important than appreciating the little things in life.

_ That people are more important than accumulating “things.”

_ To make memories I’ll be able to cherish forever.

No, life will never be the same after my losses. No, I’ll never be the same. I have though come to realize and appreciate that it is important emotionally and physically to live fully in the present. I can’t change the past. I can’t sit around and wish things could be different, because they won’t be. I can though live a life that honors the past. Wallowing in the past is not honoring the people who have meant the most to me.

Here are some ways I’ve decided to honor the memories of loved ones:
* Write a biography or story about a person or pet who has passed.

* Donate to a charity in your loved one’s name.

* Plant a special tree or brush as a living symbol of their life.

* Start a family album for future generations to remember those who have passed.

* Complete that degree or project as a way to honor someone’s memory.

Be kind to yourself when dealing with loss. We all deal and heal in our own way. I’ll say it again, loss is healed one positive and loving step forward.

If you have a special memory of a loved one you’d like to share in a post or a story, please let me know. We can make your memory a guest post on this blog. Use the “Contact Sharon” form to get in touch with me.
 
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #1: Life Lesson #1 – There is a price to pay for success.
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #2: Life Lesson #2 – Life is going to throw you curve balls.
 
Here is a link to Life Lesson #3: Life Lesson #3 – You don’t have to be one of the “cool girls” to be cool.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
P. S. Here’s a link to read more about coaching with me one-on-one – if you don’t see a Coaching Package that fits your budget, needs or time frame, we will customize one just for you. Sharon’s Coaching Packages
 
 

© Copyright 2018 SharonMichaels.com – All Rights Reserved

 
How to Give Yourself the POWER to Succeed
 
Be sure to purchase your copy of Sharon’s empowering paperback and Kindle book, How To Give Your the POWER to Succeed on Amazon.com – Recognizing the things you’re doing that may be keeping you from the things you want.
 
 
 
I invite you to stop by and check out my Author page on Amazon.com – learn more about all my Amazon books Sharon Michaels Amazon.com Author page

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