Getting Back Into Work After a Career Break

Our modern society has far higher levels of equality between men and women than it has ever had before, which is a good thing. However, when it comes to child rearing, it’s still predominantly women who take the primary role. It’s often a straightforward economic necessity – if the man earns more, it makes financial sense for him to keep working and his wife to care for the children. It is said, with great wisdom, that raising children is the most important job you’ll ever do, and indeed nurturing the next generation is a crucial role to undertake. Regardless of where you stand personally on women being the primary carers for young families, the fact is that many women do find they have been away from the world of employment for years at a time, and it can be a daunting prospect to get back onto the career ladder.
Revisiting your resume
The first task when starting to look at getting back to a job outside the home, is to review your resume, update it as appropriate, and add any new skills or experience that could be relevant for prospective employers. New skills needn’t have been formally accredited to be worth adding to your resume; it can be anything you’ve mastered since you were last employed, as long as it demonstrates an attribute that will add value. Check on the latest recommendations for resume design and content, as these principles are not set in stone and may have changed over the last few years.
Building up a new career
If you’re fortunate, and can find an employer who is happy to take you on despite your lack of recent experience, you could step back into a similar role to the one you left. However, it’s more likely that you will have to start at a lower level than you were on previously. One smart strategy is to apply to businesses that have good career prospects. For example, if you check out the Dollargeneral com careers pages, you’ll see they have a range of jobs from entry level, through to junior, middle and senior management. You could start at the level you were best suited to, and work your way up in a relatively short time.
Resuming your previous career
If you were in a professional role when you went on your career break, it’s likely to be a subject you have a personal interest in. Therefore, you may well have kept up to date with industry news and developments as part of your continuing professional development. If you’ve kept abreast of what’s been happening, you will find it much easier to resume your career at, or very close to, the level you used to be. For some roles you might need to take various courses to refresh your skills, or to revalidate your qualifications. You can check what you need to do to prepare for work via your professional body, who will be only too happy to help you.
Even if your break has been longer than a few years, if you had the knowledge and skills before you will soon pick them up again, so don’t be afraid of this new chapter in your working life.


The Enduring Word Journaling Bible ESV Giveaway and Review

Who wants to WIN a brand new ESV translation Journaling Bible??? You can win one from Concordia Publishing House by entering on GoodReads! Here is my review of the bible and then go to The Enduring Word Bible Giveaway and enter to win your very own copy! 

  The Enduring Word BibleThe Enduring Word Bible by Concordia Publishing House
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm super excited to have a copy of the new "The Enduring Word Bible" from CPH. From what Ive read it's the first journaling bible in the ESV translation. ESV is a common translation and does a good job at staying close to the original scripture text and easy for us to read.
I love the easy to read font, soft yet durable cover, edging on the bible pages, the weight of the bible pages and most of all, since it is a journaling bible I LOVE all of the scripture drawings in the bible. There are over 300 of them in there for us to color. The drawings go perfectly with the scripture versus and they have inspired me to add in my own drawings as I read the bible.

This journaling bible is great for beginners or for those who have been bible journaling for ages!

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I love how the bible stays flat when open. This is great for bible journaling.

Beautiful artwork and easy to read font!

Full page illustrations to color. 

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Bible Journaling, Praying in Color, Adult Coloring pages and MORE!

Coming SOON! Bible Journaling, Adult Coloring pages, Praying in Color and MORE! Revamping of the blog to include more crafty things along with food, giveaways and more more more!

Thanks to all of my followers who have been patient with me while I took some time off of blogging. I still blog for others as a business but haven't kept up with my own blog in about 2 years. 

To kick off my hiatus, here is a list of bible journaling, coloring pages and Praying in Color resources. Feel free to pin and reshare! 

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Creative Coloring & Bible Journaling- Susan Buetow

Bible Journaling Pinterest Board - Susan Buetow

Free or on the cheap sites to visit for printables, ideas, examples, tips and more! ——- Amanda Arneill - lettering 

Journaling Pinterest Board ——- The Bright Bible FB page ——- Dawn Nicole Designs - font ideas  ——- Flanders Family - free printables    ——- JoDitt - free coloring pages ——- Journaling the Bible ——- Karen Dornacher ——- KarenScraps - bible journaling and craft fun ——- Free printables ——- LWML coloring sheets ——- Mary Dean Draws - scripture coloring pages ——- Paper Praises - bible journaling ——- Praying In Color by Sybil Macbeth - Pure Joy Creative ——- Rachel Wojo - Bible Journaling ——- Sally Sulcove - bible journaling ——- Sue Carroll - Fun printables 

——-free bible journaling kit ——- The Thinking Closet - bible journaling ——- Unconventionally Steadfast - Visual Faith resources ——- Visual Faith Ministries ——- doodle 101 


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Kids in Church

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Lessons for Lambs ——- One Year Lectionary kid bulletins ——- 

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2 cups brown sugar
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2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
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