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Honoring Your Commitments

Posted by joyinhome on November 24, 2009

Finding a job is tough… in any economy. So if you’re looking now, it is NOT pretty. YWM however encourages job-seeking women (and men) to use this time to re-evaluate the type of environment that you need for your next career step.

Things to consider:

  1. Do you volunteer?
  2. Are you married?
  3. Do you have children?
  4. Are you a student or plan to be?
  5. Do you provide caregiving for relatives?
  6. Do you travel?
  7. Do you exercise? 

 Answer these questions and do your research. Make your next workplace one that is supportive of your life commitments.  Take great care to target companies that boast innovative workplace policies and pratices- those are the ones that support women, families, veterans.

A happy employee is a great one- employers recognize this even if they are slow to act.

Other things to consider

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2 Responses to “Honoring Your Commitments”

  1. Hmmm. We Grumpy Young Women who are currently job-seeking are not sure we can be as picky as you suggest we can. Since there are hardly any jobs going, can we really afford to choose the workplaces that would seem to offer a lifestyle that suits us? Not so sure.

  2. Joyinhome said

    I understand your hesitance, I am not suggesting anything that I have not done myself. During bouts of unemployment, I used the time to reflect on what I really wanted in my next position and made the decision that I was not going to settle for less than that.

    There is a tendency to jump at the first offering which I totally get, I am suggesting that we do it right the first time. I think people should be sure that a new position will embrace their life choices rather than have repeated issues with an employer when life happens.

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