Best iPhone Apps for Maintaining Family Schedule

July 27, 2013

10 of the Best iPhone Apps for Creating and Maintaining a Family Schedule

Our friends @ nannyjob.com  have some great tips on the best iPhone apps for creating and maintaining a family schedule.  They asked us to share them with you so we hope you find the information helpful.

If you want to keep your family well organized, it’s helpful to have the support of today’s advanced app technology. By loading your iPhone up with the best organization apps, you’ll always stay one step ahead and keep on top of your family schedules. You can create to-do lists, calendars and schedules with these ten iPhone apps, which you can then share with the whole family so everyone knows what they need to be doing and when.

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  • Chore Hero – For parents who want a little help organizing chores for children, this app is ideal. You can assign chores to each of your children, or use the random function to automatically assign chores. If you want to set up reward schemes for your children, Chore Hero has a very useful profile system that will help you keep track of each child’s progress. You can pick up this app for $2.99.
  • Dinner Spinner – When it comes to organizing dinner schedules for a family, sometimes a little help is appreciated. Dinner Spinner takes out all the worry of creating a weekly menu for your family. Just by shaking your phone, the app will return great recipes for you to create. If your family members have particular tastes, don’t worry, you can add ingredients to the app to find recipes that match your requirements.
  • Family Organizer – This free app has both on and offline storage, which means all your events, to-do lists and calendars are always accessible. You can access your account via any iPhone device or your computer. With alerts you can keep everyone on their toes, meaning there are no excuses for missing schedules or chores.
  • MobileLife® Family Organizer – If your kids are text crazy, then MobileLife will help you use it to your advantage. The app allows you, as a parent, to distribute schedules to a list of defined users. You can also create to-do lists, shopping lists and any other type of list you need on the main account. For a more hands-off approach, make sure to give everyone access to family calendars and lists, so that you don’t have to constantly remind your family of important tasks.
  • Schedule Planner – For anyone who likes flexibility in an organizer, Schedule Planner is one of the best apps available. Some of the features included are color-coding, multiple options for creating lists and quick schedule creation tools. Schedule Planner is a free app and a must have for all iPhone users.
  • Cozi – You can use this app to synchronize your family’s activities on multiple devices, which everyone with access can then view. The Cozi app allows you to create both individual and family calendars on an easy to use interface, so that chores are assigned to either specific users or a group. The app is free of charge from the iTunes store.
  • Evernote – Along with the usual features you’d expect from an organizer, such as to-do lists, calendars and schedules, Evernote allows you to create voice and written memos for a more personal touch. All notes are completely searchable, no matter the format, and you can share all your notes and lists with family members, too. There are both free and premium versions of the app available for the iPhone.
  • Baby Connect – This baby activity logger is ideal for new parents. You can keep in perfect harmony with your partner, babysitter, nanny or daycare by sharing synchronized information of your baby’s schedule and progress. The app costs $4.99, however, it allows you to track everything from feedings, nursing and naps, to diaper changes, important milestones in your baby’s life and even temperature changes.
  • Grocery iQ – This may sound like it’s an app only for mom and dad, however, Grocery iQ is great for the whole family. You can set up custom shopping lists by item, aisle, repeat products and much more. Lists are sharable among family members, allowing everyone to help maintain perfect synchronicity. Using this free app, you’ll never run out of important household items again.
  • Mom’s Daily Planner – An all in one planner, this app keeps a daily record of the to-do lists, schedules and tasks that you create, with today’s tasks highlighted as well as a list of overdue tasks. There are options to color-code, prioritize tasks and mark off completed tasks, too. For a free app, Mom’s Daily Planner is absolutely packed with useful features.

10 Things to Think About: Off the Books Nanny Jobs

10 Things to Think About Before Accepting a Job that Pays Off the Books

Our friends at nannyjobs.com have asked that we share this important topic with our  blog post with our readers.  According to nannyjobs.com, the majority of nanny employers pay their nannies off the books or under the table. This means that the employer is not withholding any taxes from his nanny’s paycheck and he’s not paying his share of payroll taxes either. This can have serious consequences for both the employer and the nanny because working off the books is illegal. Before you decide to accept a position that pays cash, here are 10 questions to ask yourself.

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  • Am I comfortable with not being able to collect unemployment if I’m fired? If you’re fired from your job, do you have a large enough financial cushion to live on until you find a new position? One of the things your employer skips when he pays you cash is paying into the unemployment insurance system. Since your employer hasn’t been paying into the system, you won’t be able to collect benefits if you lose your job. So before you give up this benefit, think about how you’ll meet your financial obligations if you don’t have unemployment coming in.
  • Am I comfortable with not being able to collect Worker’s Compensation if I’m hurt on the job? If you’re hurt while working a cash job, you won’t have the protection that Worker’s Compensation provides you. You’ll have to rely on your private health insurance. However, if they find out you were hurt on the job, in most cases they won’t cover the injury. What if you’re like a lot of nannies and don’t have health insurance? Then the costs of the injury fall directly on you to pay. Of course, you can ask your employer to cover them for you, but there’s no guarantee he will.
  • How will not being able to prove my income affect me? If you’re trying to build your credit rating, qualify for a home or car loan or rent an apartment, accepting a cash job can work against you. Unless you’re paying taxes and filing a yearly tax return, you won’t be able to prove your income. This means the loan officer or the apartment manager won’t be able to offer you the loan or lease.
  • Am I comfortable not saving for retirement through Social Security? If you’re in a cash only job, neither you nor your employer is contributing to your Social Security retirement account. Remember the amount of your retirement benefit is based on the amount you contributed over the years. So unless you’re doing a super job of saving for retirement on your own, you could find yourself at retirement age with no real means to retire.
  • Can I afford to miss out on disability benefits? Did you know that if you’re unable to work, you may qualify for short or long term disability? The amount of your benefit is figured in part by your contribution to your Social Security account. However, if you’re paid in cash, those contributions don’t get made. This means that the disability benefit you’d otherwise be entitled to won’t be available to you.
  • Will I still fight for my legal protections if that means admitting my part in avoiding taxes? If your employer fails to pay you according to labor laws, will you fight for what is owed you? If you’re being paid in cash, fighting for what you’re entitled to means you have to admit that you were being paid illegally.
  • Does being paid under the table make me feel less professional? For many nannies, part of being professional is being paid legally. Before you take a cash job, think carefully about how being paid under the table will make you feel about yourself and your job.
  • Am I comfortable lying to the IRS? When you’re paid under the table, you’re unable to report your income to the IRS. In essence, you have to lie to the federal government and claim that you’re not working at all. For many nannies, this forced deceitfulness isn’t worth a cash job.
  • Will my employers take me less seriously because I’m paid like a babysitter? If your employers don’t pay you like a real household employee, will they see you as one? Or will they see you like the Saturday night babysitter who expects cash at the end of the evening? How your employer views you affects your whole employment relationship.
  • Do I want to risk having to pay back taxes, fines, penalties and interest? Before you accept a cash job, think about what will happen if you’re caught. Are you in a position to pay the hefty amount you’ll owe the IRS? Do you want to be on their radar for the foreseeable future?

How to Work As Part of a Household Team

July 17, 2013

Our friends at gonannies.com have asked us to share their tips and insight into working as a part of a household team.  Thanks GoNannies.com!

Many nannies today aren’t the only household employee working in a home. It’s not unusual for a family to also employ a housekeeper, a household manager, a cook and other people to help them manage the day to day tasks that come with running a home and caring for a family. While having a co-worker can be a welcome relief to the isolation that often comes with having a household job, it can be challenging to work alongside other employers in the home environment. Here are some tips for being successful when you’re part of a household staff.

Keep the terms of your employment to yourself. One of the quickest ways to cause problems with other staff members is to talk about how much money you make, what your last bonus was, how much paid vacation you get or any other terms of your work agreement. Even if your contract doesn’t state it directly, you should consider this information confidential between you and your employer. Mostly likely, some staffers are paid more than you and some are paid less. Those side by side comparisons only lead to hurt feelings.

Treat everyone with respect. Even in a private home, there’s a hierarchy in place. Someone has to be the boss. That may be the parent, the lead nanny or the household manager. Regardless of who you officially report to, treat all of your coworkers with respect. It can be easy in private service for people to feel that their job isn’t as important as another’s. This feeling can lead to unhealthy relationships. Treating everyone with respect for the hard work they do and the contribution they make, whether that’s scrubbing the bathroom or caring for the baby, will create a much happier work environment.

Don’t tell others how to do their job. It’s easy to see how someone can improve their performance when you’re standing on the sidelines. However, unless it’s part of your job description to manage the staff, it’s not your job to offer unsolicited advice on how the housekeeper, your co-nanny or other staff members should be doing things differently. You’re not privy to the instructions they’ve been given by your employer, and even if you feel confident your employer would agree with you, it’s still not your place. Because the professional boundaries in a private home are less defined to begin with, it’s especially important to abide by the ones in place. Conversely, offering suggestions when asked or providing key pieces of information the person needs to do her job well are part of being a good team player.

Avoid the gossip trap. Gossip is something that happens at every workplace. It’s not something that’s unique to the private service industry. However, because you work in a private home and maintaining confidentiality is part of your job, gossip can be a job killer. It’s easy to fall into the trap of commenting on what’s happening with your employer or repeating what another employee has told you. These innocent comments can quickly grow into destructive rumors and threaten your professional integrity and reputation. The best policy is to steer clear of gossip altogether. Don’t comment on your employers or co-workers, don’t repeat things that you’ve heard and don’t participate in conversations where gossip is center stage. It’s up to you to set strong boundaries in this area.

Be a team player. When you’re working with others in a household, everyone’s job is dependent in part on the other staffers. By working together, you can all do a better job and get tasks done more easily and effectively. Ask others how you can help and support them. Ask for help in return when you need it. Keep others in the loop on issues that will directly affect them. Keep the lines of communication open so others have the information they need to get their job done and to support you in yours.

Don’t add more work to another’s job. In a private home, often a staffer’s job description will include serving the family and also the nanny. However, this is a benefit provided to you, so take great care not to misuse it. If you have a housekeeper who cleans the nanny’s quarters too, make sure that your area is tidy and ready for her to clean. It may be her job to pick up the parents’ clothes off the floor, but it isn’t her job to do that for the nanny. If you have a chef who cooks your meals, make sure you offer suggestions when he asks and eat at time that doesn’t take away from his other duties. He’s on call for the family, but not for other staffers.

Working in a staffed household can be tricky. By keeping a few key rules in mind, you’ll be a welcome and important part of the staff.

Extra Tasks Your Nanny Can Pick Up When Your Kids Go To School

 

Our friends Allen at parttimenanny.org has asked us to share his tips on what extra tasks your nanny can pick up when they head to school.

When your kids head off to school, your nanny will suddenly have a lot of extra free time on her hands – sometimes up to five or six hours each day. Nannies still expect to get paid for these hours, so the question often becomes what responsibilities can she pick up to make up for the downtime? The exact tasks really depend on the needs of your family and the skill set and willingness of your nanny. Here are some ideas to consider.

Family laundry. Most nannies are already responsible for your children’s laundry, so it’s usually a pretty easy stretch for her to begin doing your laundry also. This can save Mom and Dad a lot of time in the evenings or on weekends, when they normally have to find time to get it done.

Grocery shopping. Food shopping is one of the most time intensive chores in a busy household, especially if the food shopping includes stopping at more than one grocery store, the warehouse store, the farmer’s market, the bakery or the deli. With some guidance from you, your nanny can tackle the grocery shopping for your family and take this burden off your shoulders. She can develop weekly menus herself or work off of menus that you create. She can make sure everything needed for meals is stocked and that everyone has their favorite snacks and drinks on hand. This task often goes hand in hand with preparing some of the family meals.

Family meals. This is one of the most popular tasks that families want their nanny to take on. It’s wonderful to be able to walk in after work and have a healthy, tasty meal waiting for you. This means you won’t have to rush home to feed the kids or yourself and that you can simply sit down and enjoy dinner together. Not all nannies are great cooks, but if your nanny is willing to learn, a few simple classes can greatly improve her skills. She can take specific classes that will teach her how to prepare the kinds of food you and your family like, which is always a nice bonus.

Errands. Often parents spend much of their free time running errands. This is an easy task you can hand over to your nanny. Make a list of all the places you stop by on your way home from work or that you run to early Saturday morning before the weekend can really begin. Your list might include the pharmacy, the dry cleaner, the mall, the warehouse store, the farmer’s market or the clothing store. Most of those errands are ones that your nanny can do for you. Imagine how much more free time you’ll have when those things aren’t pressing down on you?

Supervising household projects. Your nanny can also take on the time intensive tasks that come with running a household. This could be waiting for the cable guy to arrive, supervising the installation of a new dishwasher and showing the new interior designer the rooms you’ll be remodeling. Your nanny can look to you for complete directions on these issues or you can ask her to take more initiative in carrying out the projects.

Household organization. It’s already part of your nanny’s job to keep your child’s areas clean and organized. However, she can extend her organizational skills to the rest of the house too. You can ask her to organize the pantry so items are easy to find and it’s more user friendly for the whole family. She can tackle the many closets in your home, sifting through the things that family members have outgrown or don’t need any more, and arrange the rest of the items to make the best use of even the smallest space. These tasks can keep your home running smoothly throughout the year.

Personal shopping. Most parents spend a lot of time shopping for kid’s clothes, school supplies, birthday presents, shower gifts for colleagues and things for the house, along with lots of other items. These are all things that your nanny can take on for you. By keeping a running list of the things you need and your preferences, your nanny can keep you stocked on everything your family needs. She can use internet shopping to make sure you have the opportunity to offer input into the available choices and get approval before making the final purchase.

When your kids go to school, there are many extra tasks your nanny can pick up to fill in her new downtime. Having the security of an available, familiar caregiver that can step in when school is closed, a child is sick or during school breaks often makes it well worth reevaluating a nannies duties and coming up with a revised plan.

 

Lovin’ Nurturme…even more

July 12, 2013

 

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We love NurturMe (www.nurturme.com)!!     They’ve added a new snackline called Yum A Roos Organic Dried Fruit and Veggie Toddler Snacks.  Big nutrition designed for little hands, NurturMe’s new Yum-a-Roo’s organic dry toddler snacks are made from bite-sized pieces of fruits and veggies that easily dissolve in the mouth. Tasty and good for little ones ages 1 year and older, Yum-a-Roo’s are extra nutritious since they contain veggies, in addition to fruit, and are dried – a NurturMe process that preserves the nutrients, freshness and flavor. Yum-a-Roo’s are available in four flavors Tropical Twist (Banana, Mango and Pineapple), Caribbean Crop (Pea, Banana and Pineapple), Happy Harvest (Peas, Sweet Corn and Apple) and Bountiful Bites (Banana, Apple and Broccoli).

To  celebrate the launch of their new toddler snack line NurturMe has launched a new free iPhone and iPad APP featuring Yum A Roos adorable spokescharacter Roo to teach children about their favorite fruits and veggies.

Enter Contest for a  chance to win  free iPad Mini!  Contest link: http://www.facebook.com/nurturme

About NurturMe

A revolution in feeding little ones, NurturMe is the first and only family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks created for children 4 months to 4 years. The first “stage-free” food for little ones, NurturMe’s line of organic dry NurturMeal pouches and Yum-a-Roo’s dried fruit and veggie snacks were designed to meet every yummy need, from infants to toddlers, and everywhere in between. NurturMeals and Yum-a-Roo’s are certified organic, gluten-free*, non-GMO and kosher, with no added preservatives, sugars or salts – only the good stuff. All NurturMe products are made from specially selected super fruits and veggies that are lovingly harvested and quick-dried in order to preserve freshness, flavor and nutrients.

Please visit nurturme.com for pricing and where to buy in your neighborhood. Visit them on Facebook at Facebook.com/nurturme and on Twitter at Twitter.com/nurturme for news of special promotions, new product introductions and more.

 

Ballet Sh-malay

July 8, 2013

I recently shared my daughter’s first ballet class experience with the readers of Today.com.  Read here. 

When my young daughters (ages 4 and 5) started a twinkle toes ballet  last year they were over the moon with excitement.  The frilly tutu’s, pink leotards and ballet slippers felt a lot like dress up – and they loved it. The first few classes they left beaming but by class number three the honeymoon period was over and they had lost all interest in twirling streamers and dancing along to music.  They were done, bored, and ready for something new.

They pleaded with me not to go each Saturday but I had them finish the remaining 7 weeks. Every Saturday we went, begrudgingly.  I recognized this was an important lesson in building character and good work ethics.

We’ve taken a hiatus from taking classes right now but my oldest daughter has expressed a strong interest in learning the piano. I can tell you I learned a lot from the ballet fiasco.  This time around before committing to a new hobby I want to make sure my daughters are really ready.   We’ve been visiting a piano weekly so she can freestyle it.  I’ve identified a teacher who can meet her learning style. I’m making sure she really understands the commitment required to learn to play piano because once we sign up she’ll be committed to it for one year.

I’ll continue to keep you posted on our journey with future hobbies and sports on  this blog.

Love,

Ingrid Kellaghan

Founder

Cambridge Nanny Group

 

 

 

 

Is A Nanny Agency Worth The Cost?

July 3, 2013

Is Using A Nanny Agency Really Worth The Cost?

Employing a Nanny is the most important hire you will make in your lifetime. It should not be taken lightly. The physical, mental, and emotional well being of your child is at stake. Hiring the wrong nanny is not only disruptive to a child’s life. It can also have an immeasurable impact on a child’s potential.

Several decades ago employing a nanny was typically reserved for the very wealthy. Historically, elite families relied on domestic agencies to find experienced nannies, governesses, maids, butlers, and estate managers. Today, more and more upper middle class and middle class families employ nannies as both parents may work outside the home. Some families are stretching paychecks to afford a nanny rather than putting a child in daycare – and the fee to use a nanny placement agency is simply not within their budget, particularly during tough economic times. Unfortunately, not seeking help from nanny experts can lead to disastrous results.

As the owner of Cambridge Nanny Group in Chicago, IL I frequently get calls from parent who are on the verge of tears. The call typically goes something like this. “I’ve gone through two nannies within the past year. I have a nanny now but I know she’s not going to work out either. When I interviewed them they seemed fine so I don’t know what I missed. I’m concerned about what impact this will have on my child. I didn’t want to pay a fee initially but now I’m willing to do so. Can you please help me?”

The old age of “You get what you pay for” rings true when it comes to childcare. Below are some of the benefits of using a professional nanny placement agency.

Benefits of Using a Nanny Agency

• The best and brightest nannies are not trolling the want ads or posting their profiles on job boards. They are happily employed. If their current family no longer needs their services because their children are now school age, the first thing will do is contact their preferred placement agency. Nanny Agencies are networked with the highest caliber and experienced nannies.

• Access to professional nannies. The best nannies choose this profession because it’s their calling. Some nannies are highly trained with various certifications and some hold college degrees. In England nannies are often educated at the Norland College or English Nanny & Governess School.

• Online Nanny Job Boards do not prescreen their submission. Literally anyone with a computer can post a nanny profile. There is a tremendous risk involved in contacting strangers.

• Nanny Placement agencies prescreen all of their applicants prior to submitting candidates to families. For example, Cambridge Nanny Group in Chicago Illinois will not even consider a candidate that does not have three (3) professional references. The references are contacted prior to a candidate even being interviewed for possible representation.

• In-depth interviews and candidate assessment.

• Background checks. Typically a state and criminal background check, job history, driver’s license, social security verification. Some agencies offer a psychological test for an additional cost. Top tier agencies offer a streamlined agency process that incorporates important safeguards for your family’s safety and security.

• Experienced Nanny Placement specialists who are intuitive and skilled at “reading between the lines” to carefully matching your family’s needs with the right candidate in terms of competencies, personality and parenting philosophy,

• Low Turn-over. Families that utilize a Nanny Placement Agency experience an astonishingly lower rate of employee turnover. (Many scientific studies validate that if a child experiences a high turnover by his or her primary caregiver they are more likely to experience emotional, cognitive, and social difficulties – including behavior problems, difficulty in school, trusting people, and shyness)

• Tremendous Time Saver. With dedicated staff, a nanny placement agency can move faster than you can squeeze a candidate search and screening process in between work, family, household responsibilities, and other commitments.

• Coverage of contingencies:If your staff is ill or on a planned vacation, many agencies offer coverage so your family schedule and commitments are not interrupted.

• Most nanny placement agencies offer a placement guarantee

• Peace of mind. You can’t put a price on that.

Remember, not all Nanny Placement Agency’s are equal. Conduct research to ensure you are choosing the very best agency in your area. I recommend you start by visiting the International Nanny Association’s web site at www.nanny.org to find a listing of local agencies in your area.

If you can afford to use a Nanny Placement Agency do so. Think of it as an investment in your child’s future.

Nanny: Handling Job Loss

 

Leaving your post is one of the toughest things you’ll ever have to do as a nanny. The nanny/child relationship is like no other, it’s an intimate bond that many nannies say is as close to a parent/child relationship as you can get. Some say they love their nanny kids as if they were their own. However you define your relationship with your charge, it’s safe to say that leaving him is an emotionally difficult thing to do. Here are some tips to help you get through this transition with your heart intact.

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Plan a leaving ceremony. Leaving a job and a child is a big deal. It may seem like pretending it’s not a big deal will make it easier to handle, but, unfortunately, that doesn’t work. Acting like your last days are business as usual will just make things harder. Plan a special ceremony with your charge or the whole family for the day you leave. Celebrate the time you’ve spent together and get excited about what the next phase in your relationship will bring. Give everyone a chance to be sad and acknowledge the changes that are happening. Rituals are an important way we help each other transition from one phase of life to another. A goodbye ceremony can be healing for both you and the family you’re leaving.

Plan ways to stay in touch before you leave. Having a plan in place before you go is very comforting to both you and the child you’re leaving. You and he can talk about what you’ll do the next time you see each other, which will be something special for both of you to look forward to. If you’re leaving an older child, you don’t have to limit yourself to just planning visits. You can work out arrangements to exchange emails, snail mail letters and post cards, and to video conference with each other. Of course, you should get permission from his parents for all of your plans, especially if they require screen time and Internet access.

Allow yourself the time and space to grieve. Even if you’re going to continue having a close relationship with your charge, you still experience a loss when you leave. You’re not with him on a regular basis, you lose most of the control over when and where you see him and the role you play in his life isn’t the same. Many nannies describe it as similar to getting a divorce and losing custody. You still get to see him, but the relationship is vastly different than it was before. Don’t try and brush off your feelings of sadness, loss or anger. There’s not a right or wrong way to react to your new circumstances. Accept however you feel and deal with things as they come up. In time, you’ll work through your painful feelings and they’ll be replaced by much happier ones.

Create a scrapbook to leave with the child. Chances are, you have lots of photos of you and your charge. However, he most likely doesn’t have as much memorabilia. Before you leave, work together to create a scrapbook filled with pictures, favorite recipes, past art projects and whatever else might be special to you two. This is something you can leave with him. Make sure it’s age appropriate, that way he can be in charge of it and enjoy it whenever he wants to. Knowing he has this memory book of your time together will make the space between you feel smaller.

Be supportive of the new nanny. It’s very hard to see someone new come into your charge’s life and care for him. It can feel like she’s trying to replace you at the very time you’re struggling with the loss. Put aside your feelings here and be supportive of her, and encourage your charge to develop a relationship with her. Even though it’s very hard to do, later on you’ll be glad you took the high road. If you become a stumbling block and make the child feel he’s somehow disloyal to you if he likes the new nanny, you’ll feel guilty later down the line.

Don’t let the parents nonchalant attitude get to you. As hard as leaving is to you, sometimes the parents take it much better. Don’t let their causal attitude make you act in ways you don’t want to. Remember the primary relationship you’re leaving is the one with the child, and while it’s sad that the parents aren’t affected by your leaving, your focus is your charge.

Leaving your nanny job can be heartbreaking. However, with some time and space, you’ll be ready to embark on a new kind of relationship.

As the dog days of Summer roar on many nannies are wrestling with the fact their services will no longer be needed in the Fall.   Kids don’t stay small forever and many are entering school full-time for the very first time.   This is an exciting milestone but a bitter sweet for the nanny.   If you are faced with losing your job due to no fault of your own, here are some helpful tips:

StayCalm

Panicking is going to do you absolutely no good. You need to have your wits about you as you contemplate your next move. I think it is also critical to look at this as opportunity disguised. You’re not looking for just the next job or paycheck—you are looking for the next step in your life. Take the time to assess where you are now and where you want to go. Point your feet in that direction and let that next move get you a step closer to being that goal.  The fantastic news is that the Fall is also the peak hiring season for nannies.  There is no better time to be on the job market.

Make a Plan

Ideally, you would make a plan before leaving your current place of employment—or at least have parts of it in place. So for those of you still in a job—start thinking about what you would do if you found yourself out of one all of a sudden! The plan should include making decisions about the next career choice you want to make. Make sure your resumé is up-to-date and reflects not only the jobs you’ve had, but emphasizes the skill set that can take you to your next employment opportunity.

Network

Networking is not only critically important professionally but personally as well.  . So start working that Rolodex! Call friends, friends of friends, former co-workers—even acquaintances—and let everyone know what you are looking for. You never know where you might come across that next opportunity.

Revamp Your Budget

Ideally, you would have some sort of padding of about three to six months’ income—at least that’s what the experts suggest.  We know how hard that cushion can be to build.   Regardless, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start living within the confines of a budget. What can you live with less of and what can you do without altogether?

Do Not Get Discouraged!

 

Jobs come and go, but a calling is something you were given the moment you were born. You can lose a job, but you can’t lose your calling.  Stay focused. Stay positive.  Stay motivated.

Good luck!