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My Journey Back to Work, by Lisa Carver, Montville Pod Leader

Posted By Becky Hull, Sunday, September 19, 2010

In 2002, I left a rewarding career at Staffmark to be an "at home mom” with my 2 daughters, Emily and Madeline. One chapter in my life closed suddenly, and a new chapter opened—called motherhood. I really made the most of my new life by volunteering in Hilldale elementary school, the Pine Brook Jewish Center, and organizing community fund raisers in Montville.

In addition, I partnered with another mother in town (B.I.G. member--Amy Denenberg) and started a creative decoupage business. This was extremely rewarding but we ended our business after 4 years for not being compensated for our creativity and long hours….working in between playdates and late nights. In 2010, I decided, it was time to go back into the workforce, but wasn’t sure in what capacity. Once again, my creativity came through and I became a consultant for Creative Memories, designing photo books, as I love working with people’s photos and creating memories that last forever…. I realized I needed to market my books to gain exposure. I attended a networking event called the Ladies Lunch group at the Hyatt in Morristown. (B.I.G. member Aimee Schenkel inspired me to attend this group)

At that first networking luncheon, I met Jackie Somers of B.I.G. who really made a strong impression on me. The next day, I decided to start a pod in Montville. I was extremely inspired by the concept of B.I.G. and felt as though I had to be a part of this organization, knowing my peers in Montville would benefit greatly. I got on the phone that night, with so much enthusiasm, and started calling my friends and family. By May of 2010, I launched my first event at the Montville Inn, and had 28 women at my B.I.G. introductory meeting Since then, as I’ve gotten more involved with B.I.G, meeting many interesting people ,and making great connections. I started thinking there must be several women within B.I.G. who want to return back to the workforce. I noticed there is a job board on the B.I.G. web-site, but started thinking how great would it be to have a live staffing division within our organization. So I decided to seek some advice from my former boss from fifteen years ago, who is currently a partner of Execu/ Search. In that phone conversation, he mentioned, Execu/ Search expanded their offices (last month) into Parsippany, NJ which is 12 minutes from my house.

The rest is history…. after 8 years of being home with my kids, I realized it’s time to pursue what I am most passionate about and earn a living at what I did best. I will be supplying interim staff to all types of companies, specializing in accounting/ finance/ human resources/ and office support. Execu/ Search is offering me the flexibility to work part-time, and have off on Fridays which is very important to me when juggling my work life along with my family. My long term goal is to partner B.I.G. with Execu Search and help members find jobs while utilizing my internal resources. I am extremely excited about the challenge of working in a start-up office in New Jersey, and being part of a company who has an impressive track record in NYC. I look forward to continuing my role as the pod leader of Montville as we have some very exciting upcoming events!

Thank you B.I.G for getting me back on track toward my career goals, I would never have re-entered the staffing industry if it wasn’t for B.I.G.

There are a few things I learned while I was going through the process of transitiioning from an at home mother to being back in the workforce. Once I became a leader of B.I.G., I became aware of the power of networking. By attending lunches and meetings, I was meeting more and more people, and hearing inspirational speakers, like Ellyn Spragins, and it really gave me the motivation to go out and pursue my passion. You have to stay focused, and make time weekly to think about how you will reach your goal, whether it's networking with other working women or updating your resume. In the job-seeking process, I tried to go to as many speakers and meetings as possible to be in touch with the marketplace, and to keep my skills sharpened. Use Linked In to stay connected to as many people as possible, and by the way, this is a great way to reach recruiters. Now that I am in my new career, I use linked in to build my business and develop new contacts. Finally, when you go in for the interview, dress professional, speak with confidence, and have good eye contact. Hopefully, your dreams will come true too.

Tags:  B.I.G. leader  Ellyn Spragins  home business  Lisa Carver  Montville  stay at home  success 

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