July 29, 2010

Tip of the day

Have a plan and have a back up plan.  What would you do if you lost your job today?  What if your hours were cut or pay were cut? 

  • Update your resume as often as once a year so that you have it ready to go when needed.  If you graduated from a college or university, many career counseling offices offer their graduates a lifetime of service through resume review and job hunting.
  • What other sources of income do you have or can you pursue?  I remember when I was a kid talking to a relative about this subject, and I was amazed to hear about all of the different sources of revenue that she had. 
  • Do the math.  Sometimes one parent staying at home is a better option financially than both working.  Consider travel expenses, dry cleaning, taxes, paid childcare, business lunches, office birthdays, and all the other little expenses.  How much are you really making? 
  • Network.  Stay active in your field, even if you are a stay at home parent by choice.  Keeping actively involved with colleagues through networking will better allow you to get a job in the future if needed.
  • Seek God’s guidance.  Sometimes one door closes so that another can open.  Pray about your experience and see how God may guide you through a difficult time.

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