Annandale, VA (PressExposure) September 27, 2009 -- Networking, resume, and recruiting resources on the agenda
78% of layoff victims are men (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics)âbut the struggle of finding new employment is often felt by whole families. More families are less willing to rely on one salary, and more mothers are considering a return to the workplace. Meanwhile, many women who have never taken a break from working find themselves looking for options to balance career and family pressure. Thereâs a constant juggling actâ¦and women are often left frustrated as a result.
Women returning to work face salary differentials (for every two years women spend out of the workforce, their salary drops by 10%, says expert research). They also face a crisis of confidence, questions over resume readiness, and an absence of a network to call for ideas.
Detours&OnRamps, a successful forum that began in the northeast, is now offering an event to help with these very issues in the Northern Virginia suburbs. The Detours & OnRamps Forum is a one-day conference designed as a practical resource for working mothers, working women considering motherhood, and mothers taking some time off from a career but planning to re-join the workforce in some form. The conference offers networking with fellow working mothers, discussions with the companies leading the way in solutions for working mothers, expert panels, and dynamic sessions on some of the most common dilemmas faced by women â or anyone who is trying to make work, work for them. Most importantly, these resources are offered in an in-person environment (as opposed to similar events held online)âspecifically to help attendees build up their networks and develop resources who can be ongoing sources of support in what can be an extended job hunt.
The conference has a successful four-year history with events in the NYC area and Boston area. Said one attendee: âWhat an informative and well-thought out day; I not only picked up some new ideas but was also reminded of a lot of things I know but needed to be reminded of!â Founder Meghan McCartan says that response to, and interest in, the event has been stronger than ever. âWeâre seeing inquiries from dads, from women who donât have children but who are planning toâ¦everyone in this economy recognizes the need to have a job, but I think more people are less willing to give everything they have to a company. Instead, they want to find meaningful solutions that work for the whole family.â
One of the sponsors of the Northern Virginia event is specialized recruiter Mom-entum Resources, who have offices in Richmond and northern Virginia and who focus on providing tools and resources to help mothers resume careers that offer balance and meaningful jobs. Northern Virginia office head Jennifer Folsum said âMomentum Resources is very excited to be a sponsor for this event. Although we see signs that the economy is beginning to thaw, it's still a very crowded hiring market and can be very tricky for working mothers to navigate when looking for work-life balance. By bringing all of the experts together in one room, we know that attendees will have the resources they need to get and keep jobs they want; the kinds of jobs that help them live the kind of life they want to live. â
The event will be held at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia November 4, 2009. For more information about the conference, including a detailed agenda, registration information, and sponsor links, visit [http://www.onrampsforum.com].