Resurrecting Your Career? Just Keep Talking

first_imgI’ve been there – moving from corporate life to the life of a stay at home parent. Spending my days reveling in every second of my kids’ lives, decorating my home floor to ceiling for holidays, over-volunteering my time. And then my life’s path took a very sharp turn. I found myself reentering the working world years before I had planned to do so.My experience as a photographer taught me the power of networking; my entire client base was based off of referrals. In fact, I can thank the power of networking for every job I have ever had throughout my career.So I brushed off the dust on my resume. Got to work on my LinkedIn profile. Set up job alerts on Indeed and FlexJobs.  Joined key Facebook groups. And then I started talking. I told anyone who would listen that I was on the job search. It didn’t matter if they were friends, family or the local coffee barista; they all were keenly aware of my search and keeping their ears and eyes open for me.So my advice, after being in your shoes and successfully finding my way back into the corporate world – talk, network, reach out.  It is so easy these days given all the means we have to communicate with each other.  In fact, I stumbled upon my current position, my dream job, by networking through an old friend.  And through the power of social media, I was able to find out that the hiring manager’s husband and I went to the same university.  Not only did knowing that make the first interview easier on both of us, but it made me a bit more memorable in her eyes.Now, after my 10 year hiatus, I have resurrected my career at Dell and my life’s path is much brighter.  I have a rewarding job and a flexible working environment that helps me balance work with my home life.The added bonus?  My network continues to grow.  I have met a number of women like me, who took time away from their careers for one selfless reason or another.  And, like me, they found a place at Dell and a perspective to share.  These inspirational women were more than willing to share their wise words with others who find themselves facing the uncertainty of reentering an ever-progressing workforce.Vice President in Dell Legal, Mary Hamaker, took 2 years off during her son’s early years.Be confident and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re somehow “damaged goods” because you’ve taken a break (that happened to me).  Maintain, and if possible, extend your network while on leave, even if only via social media.  Let people know when you’re planning to return, what you’re looking for and ask them to keep you in mind.  Have a few in-person meetings with people in your network who may be well-connected in an industry where you want to land. Stacey Moore (below), IT Product Owner: Customer Master Data Management, left her career to support her husband’s, which moved them from Texas to Copenhagen, Denmark for 3.5 years.I was anxious that I was not going to be able to find the right balance upon returning back to work full time. Don’t be worried though, you can and will find a good balance. Dell, from the very top level, supports work/life balance and a flexible work schedule. In my team, this is further supported at a management level. As long as you work hard and focus at work to keep up with your job responsibilities, you can do your job around the things that are most important to you at home. It does require a lot of organization and discipline, but it is very possible and fulfilling.Dell Human Resources Business Partner, Kristen Tuohey, took 5 somewhat loud years off from her career to stay at home with her two young sons.Don’t let your self-doubt take over. Don’t look at your time away as a time when you’re “losing skills”. You are learning/gaining new skills that are completely transferable. And if you’ve ever spent your days caring for two rambunctious kids, you should know that you’re really ready for anything the workforce has to throw at you.Rebecca Bales, Dell Sales Strategy and Planning, left her career at Dell to tend to her ailing father for 3 years.  Do not under value the time you have spent away.  Look to create a list of the experiences you had during your time away and leverage those when determining your special set of skills.  This effort will help you in positioning your capabilities for your new role or when interviewing.   Do not apologize for this time.  Be proud of your accomplishments, the impact this has had on your family and leverage your inner strength.  It is tough to make the decision to leave the safety and security of what we know.  I encourage you to venture into the unknown with a passionate approach to whatever life brings.Laura Schmuelgen, Regional Product Manager Support & Deployment Product Group, took 8 years from her full time career to be a stay-at-home mom.Somewhere along the way – I learned how to take a step back and see the big picture.  I’ve come to the conclusion that the right choice is very individual and the worst critics of your choices are often because they are grappling with their own conflicting decisions. I felt criticized when I worked – when I stayed home – and when I chose to return to work. It’s given me a perspective about life in general, empathy and respect for different choices others make. It did take time for me to build back the confidence that I was as good – if not better than when I left the workforce. The key takeaways from these women that have walked in your shoes – don’t discount your network as a source for opportunities, and believe in your skills and what you have to offer.  All our life’s paths take different turns, some expected, some unexpected.  Taking the first step on your new path is the only way to see where it leads.last_img read more

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Members support textbook rental

first_imgStudent Senate passed a resolution that encouraged professors to help students rent, rather than purchase, textbooks from the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore for their classes. Academic Affairs chair AJ McGauley said the resolution will encourage professors to embrace the Rent-A-Text program, which was established this semester. “The idea of this resolution is to use it as a starting point for talking with professors and deans about using rentals,” McGauley said. Student government created Rent-A-Text so students could save money by renting textbooks from the Bookstore rather than buying them. “On average a student would save about 50 percent on the rental price of the buying price,” McGauley said. The Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore can only provide books for Rent-A-Text that appear a national list sponsored by the Follett’s or a local Follett’s list begun by the University. To add a textbook to a local list for Notre Dame, a professor must commit to use the textbook for four semesters. Professors must add textbooks to the local list and notify the Bookstore for final approval, McGauley said. McGauley said the program was successful during its inaugural semester, and student government hopes to expand the program. In the resolution, the senators resolved to encourage “that professors consider the Rent-A-Text program and the texts currently included in the national and local lists when selecting future material.” Nearly half of students surveyed about Rent-A-Text indicated they would rent more texts if more titles were available, the resolution said. Community Relations chair Claire Sokas said the resolution could help make more textbooks available to rent. “I am a science major,” Sokas said. “I could not rent a lot of my textbooks this year.” Lewis Hall senator Marina Seminatore said committing to a textbook for multiple semesters might restrict professors. “If they have to commit to four terms of use professors could still find another book they like better,” Seminatore said. “Committing to use the first might not be beneficial to their class.” The senators acknowledged not all professors could make Rent-A-Text work for their courses but said they hoped to see some expansion. The Senate passed the resolution unanimously.last_img read more

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20 Stop that buzzing

first_imgVolume XXXIIINumber 1Page 20 Summertime brings out mosquitoes. The good news is that the risk of catching a mosquito-borne disease is pretty small. The bad news is that some mosquito-borne diseases, like encephalitis, can be devastating.Here are a few ecommendations will help you protect your family.• Minimize mosquito-breeding sites. Once a week, empty any container that holds water, including birdbaths, toys, flowerpot saucers, rain gauges and tire swings. Ask your neighbors to do the same. • Use mosquito dunks in water that cannot be emptied weekly, such as ornamental ponds. If you have fish in your ponds, you may not need to use any control method. Many fish eat mosquito eggs and larvae. If the larvae and pupae are abundant, you will see them.• Keep ground covers trimmed. Cut grape ivy and other low-growing plants around the house. This can greatly reduce the number of adult mosquitoes because they do not have an attractive place to rest.• Use insect repellents. Products containing DEET are the most effective against mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently added two new active ingredients to their guidelines – picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus – as viable alternatives for people who object to using DEET.• Keep household screens in good repair.• Wear light-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are less attracted to light-colored clothing than dark. Certain types of mosquitoes prefer pregnant women. Some types of mosquitoes prefer human skin temperatures over 90 degrees. If you are attending an outdoor party, the key to keeping mosquitoes away is to be cool, wear light-colored clothes and chat with pregnant women who prefer dark Gothic styles. Be aware that mosquitoes can bite through T-shirts and other lightweight, tight-fitting clothing. I guess another option would be to attend outdoor summer parties wearing a heavy, loose coat. (You won’t be invited to many outdoor summer parties, but maybe you and the pregnant Gothic woman will hit it off.)Bug zappers do not kill many mosquitoes, but they kill a lot of beneficial insects. Bug zappers are useful against some insects but not mosquitoes. Ultrasonic devices are almost worthless for insect control. Don’t waste your money.Bats and purple martins don’t eat many mosquitoes. They prefer insects with a little more meat on them.The risks of an unmonitored pesticide application, like automated pesticide misters, almost always outweigh the benefits.Mosquito foggers can be used to greatly reduce mosquito populations in a small area for a few hours. Be sure to use a pesticide that is labeled for your use site and always follow the pesticide label directions.Mosquito traps usually catch a lot of mosquitoes, but they may not catch enough to keep mosquitoes from biting you. In a small, somewhat enclosed area, a trap may be useful. If mosquitoes are coming to your party from all over, you may not think a trap is worth the money. If I spend more than $200, one mosquito bite will probably seem like too many.For more information on protecting your family from mosquitoes, visit www.ent.uga.edu/pubs/mosquitos.htm. By Paul GuillebeauUniversity of Georgialast_img read more

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NY Sen. Dean Skelos Denies Report He’s Under Federal Investigation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) blasted a TV news report that said the longtime lawmaker is being investigated by the same federal prosecutors that recently charged his Democratic counterpart in the state Assembly.The NBC New York report, citing anonymous sources, said investigators are looking into Skelos’ income, along with his relationship with the real estate industry. Skelos’ spokeswoman released a statement Friday morning criticizing the report.“Last night’s thinly-sourced report by WNBC is irresponsible, and does not meet the standards of serious journalism,” the spokeswoman said. “Senator Skelos has not been contacted by anyone from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. As such, we won’t be commenting further.”Aside from his work in Albany, Skelos serves as counsel at the Uniondale-based corporate law firm Ruskin, Moscou & Faltischek. He regained leadership of the state Senate after Republicans won the majority in the November elections.The purported investigation comes just a week after the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York rocked Albany’s political circle to its core with the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver, who served as speaker for more than two decades, was accused of using his political power to pad his pockets. Silver is reportedly expected to be replaced Monday.Skelos is equally as powerful. Along with Silver and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Skelos is part of the influential group known as the “three men in the room.” Together, the trio negotiates the legislative agenda.The U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan is believed to be conducting a wide-ranging investigation into Albany politics. The probe began after the now-defunct Moreland Commission was unceremoniously shut down by Cuomo last year. Federal prosecutors have reportedly picked up where the commission left off.Federal investigators have a policy of not confirming or denying the existence of investigations, but Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan leading the Albany probe, told reporters last week to “stay tuned” after Silver’s arrest.last_img read more

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8 thoughts on time management: working more

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony DemangoneLast week, I shared the results of a few surveys. In one survey, credit union leaders shared their personal challenges in 2015.  As you can see from this graphical representation of the results, time management is a huge problem.And the problem runs a bit deeper than the chart indicates. You’ll see other challeges, such as lack of resources, priorities, burn out, and staffing. All of those “challenges” seem to be intertwined.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the problem. Most people feel they don’t have enough time in their day to get everything done.Let’s not kid ourselves. This isn’t complicated. You have four choices. You can work longer hours. You can work more efficiently. You can work on fewer things. Or you can do a combination of the three.Today, I’ll disuss some thoughts about working more. continue reading »last_img read more

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Four ways to become consumers’ primary financial institution

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In today’s hyper-competitive banking market, sitting around waiting for more business to just walk through the front door will cripple any financial institution. But sales and marketing consultant Duane Sobecki, CEO of Focused Results, says this is precisely what he sees all the time.“Banks and credit unions can’t get by any longer being order takers,” says Sobecki. “That will doom them to the status of secondary financial provider.”Right now, the big banks are not as good at grabbing most of a consumer’s business as they could be. But that will change.“Jamie Dimon is not stupid,” says Sobecki, referring to JPMorgan Chase’s CEO. “They know what needs to be done to get more business.”Chase has great technology to help do that, adds Sobecki, but it’s hard for a giant bank to drive the message down to all levels of the business in all channels and locations.last_img read more

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CFPB extends debt collection comment deadline to Sept. 18

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has extended the comment period for its proposal on debt collection to Sept. 18, past the original deadline of Aug. 19. According to the CFPB, this will allow “interested persons more time to consider and submit their comments.”The CFPB issued proposed amendments to Regulation F (which implements the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) to prescribe federal rules governing the activities of “debt collectors” as defined in the statute. continue reading »last_img read more

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Goepper charged with criminal mischief; takes responsibility

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Olympic medalist Nick Goepper is owning up to a mistake.Prosecutors are charging Goepper with one count of criminal mischief in connection to an incident on August 8.Goepper allegedly suffered an anxiety attack and committed several acts of vandalism at Hidden Valley Lake.Court documents show the skier vandalized eight vehicles causing over $8,000 in damage.The investigation had no suspects, but Goepper and his family came forward to accept responsibility. Goepper paid all restitution and apologized to the victims, as well as the sheriff’s department.Dearborn County prosecutors have entered into a diversion agreement which results in the dismissal of the charge after one year as long as Goepper does not commit any further criminal offense.“This case had no suspects at the time that Nick Goepper came forward and admitted to his actions. If Nick Goepper had not cooperated, these victims would not have been made whole and the crime would be unsolved. The fact that he came forward speaks to the tremendous character of Nick Goepper and his family,” stated Dearborn-Ohio Prosecutor Aaron Negangard.“We hope that Nick is able to put this behind him and continues to have great success.”last_img read more

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New promoter finds ‘hidden gem’ in 34 Raceway

first_imgWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa –Bradley Stevens will be in charge of weekly programs at a track he likens to “a hidden gem.”Stevens has purchased 34 Raceway from Jeff and Amy Laue. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and newly-sanctioned Mach-1 Sport Compacts run Saturday nights at the Southeast Iowa speedplant.The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season begins April 7 and continues through Sept. 29 at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.“This track ranks right up there with the best tracks in the Midwest. It’s a hidden gem – there are still people who don’t realize what we’ve got here,” said Stevens, whose purchase of the track began with a casual conversation with the Laues and was encouraged by significant other Jessi Mynatt. “We’re just going to tweak some things.”“We’re going to do everything we can to get families to the track,” he emphasized. “We’re going to be real keen on prices with a family pack deal and we’ll run four classes every week and two others every other week. We won’t have an intermission unless we absolutely need one so we can run a smooth show and get everybody home at a decent time.”Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and non-sanctioned 305 sprint cars are on weekly programs at 34. Sport Compacts and mod-lites will alternate Saturdays while a local truck class follows a limited schedule, usually in conjunction with special events.34 has sanctioned the Modified and Stock Car divisions with IMCA since 2006, the Northern SportMods since 2011. Features paying $1,000 to win for each IMCA division will be scheduled, with the Modified race a qualifying event for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.“It was important for me to sanction with an organization with a good set of rules that were right there in black and white,” Stevens said. “What really sold me on IMCA is that they are well-run and well-organized. Everyone there is very professional and that made the transition very easy for me.”Stevens raced a go-kart before crewing for different Late Models drivers, the first of them being friend Brenton Slocum, and had promoted the annual special event held in Slocum’s memory since its inception.He founded the Brent Slocum Foundation, which has awarded some $50,000 in scholarships to area high school graduates.Touring IMCA Late Models are at West Burlington for the 50th time in Deery Brothers Summer Series history on July 3. Fireworks will follow the pre-holiday show.“Deery Brothers has done so much for this series. It’s a fantastic series and it’s been around forever. Series like this don’t stick around if they’re not good,” Stevens said. “It means a lot to us that 34 Raceway has held more series races than any other track.”34 will also partner with the Slocum Foundation in the Aug. 4 High 5 For Kids Night.“Getting more kids interested in racing will help the sport grow,” explained Stevens. “We want them to be able to come over and meet the drivers, sit in John Oliver’s car, talk to Bill Roberts and have their picture taken with Dennis LaVeine.”Fans will get their first look at 2018 rides during the indoor car show at Deery Brothers in West Burlington from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on March 18. An open practice will be held March 24.Modified points earned at 34 figure in IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region, Stock Car points in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region.last_img read more

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Dusautoir: Sexton is not a target

first_imgFrance captain Thierry Dusautoir has attempted to downplay Les Bleus’ determination to single out fit-again Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton in Dublin on Saturday. France spent the early part of the week heaping the pressure on Sexton – but took an almost coordinated step backwards on Friday, with assistant coach Yannick Bru echoing Dusautoir’s sentiments. “I don’t view him as a target,” said France skipper Dusautoir, ahead of Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin. “This Ireland team has far too many threats and good players to focus solely on one. “He wouldn’t be playing if he hadn’t met all the concussion demands. “He’s not the only player with experience and power returning either: they have Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien back, so I wouldn’t want to concentrate on one man like that. “It’s a team that has huge experience returning after Italy. “There’s a lot of strength in there; Sexton adds a lot of strength at half-back.” Former France international Laurent Benezech has labelled Ireland’s decision to pitch Sexton straight back into action after his enforced concussion absence as “a big mistake”. Toulouse flanker Dusautoir claimed the 29-year-old British and Irish Lion is not being seen as a target, despite France boss Philippe Saint-Andre telling his side to expose any weakness in Sexton, who returns after a 12-week concussion lay-off. Ireland have steadfastly maintained the position that Sexton is fine to return after his three-month absence for suffering four concussions in 12 months. France flanker Bernard Le Roux joked his Racing Metro club-mate Sexton should “wear a helmet” in Saturday’s Aviva Stadium battle. Les Bleus boss Saint-Andre was not being light-hearted when pledging to send wrecking-ball centre Mathieu Bastareaud straight down Sexton’s channel from the off this weekend. When it came to the turn of Dusautoir and Bru however, on Irish soil amid eve-of-match fervour, the France duo chose to diffuse what they could of the steadily-building intensity. “We respect him a great deal, he is a huge character – and we will not target him, we will just concentrate on our game, on our efficiency,” said France assistant coach Bru. “Obviously first of all it’s very bad news for us that Johnny Sexton is playing in this game, because it’s a different Ireland team with him than without him, as we saw last week. “To target him would be to forget that Joe Schmidt is very clever. “So we will play the game as though Johnny was not there. “We’ve worked a lot on what we can control: so with Johnny, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip back fit: it’s good news for Ireland but bad news for us.” France will face a former Clermont coach for the second time in as many Six Nations weeks, after seeing off Vern Cotter’s Scotland 15-8 in Paris last weekend. Former Toulouse hooker Bru admitted France’s players “expect to be surprised” by wily Ireland boss Schmidt’s ever-expanding repertoire of set plays, that he adapts according to each opponent. “He’s clever and he works well, he’s a tough coach,” said Bru of Schmidt. “The guys know that they will be surprised. “We are arriving at a place where he will want to attack us. “We know him as a coach, and the guys expect to be surprised.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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