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objective is to maximize current and relevant experiences , so reference to these experiences can be made during informal networking, formal interviewing and on resumes. Consider employment with global employers. Global employers have offices in many locations to which you could transfer or from which you could possibly work remotely. Some of the big accounting firms actually require their CPA’s to switch offices every few years in order to get broad client exposure.

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Seek employment with a staffing firm such as Mom Corps. Mom Corps places employees in interim or part time positions that often convert to full time positions. Mom Corps is also franchising and looking for Franchisees. Which reminds me... Starting Your Own Business is an Option for Some but Not Everyone. Keep in mind the cash requirements and income delay starting your business often requires. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. Small to mid-sized companies are often interested in relaunchers. Small to mid-sized companies are often thrilled to hire high caliber employees who are returning from a career break, even for a two to three year period. Target “Military Friendly” Companies. Military Spouse magazine releases a list of the Top 10 Military Spouse Friendly Employers annually. They include USAA, Home Depot, Re/Max, West Corporation, Health Net Corporation, and more. Develop Transferable Skills. Military spouses in the fields of human resources, IT, nursing, sales, and teaching report an easier time finding employment after a transfer.

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Carol Fishman Cohen is the co-founder of iRelaunch, a company producing career reentry programs, events and content for employers, universities, organizations and individuals www.irelaunch.com

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Joyce Neave is an authority on fashion and style. As founder of That Mom Inc., Joyce has been styling for over twenty years. Her many accolades include: Style Setter by Washington Post, Ten Well Dressed Women in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine, Profiled on WUSA9 News to highlight her wardrobe consulting practice as well as her forward thinking blog, www.thatmominc. com. As a NMSN Expert, Joyce answers fashion questions from our readers.

Question: I am a male who is now a stay at home dad, but not prepared to abandon a professional image: what are things to absolutely avoid so that I look like a grown man and not slave to a 7, 5 and 1 yr old?

Answer: There are so many things to avoid: sweatpants, kid smudged t-shirts, concert t-shirts, wrinkled clothes-

basically anything that reveals how hard it really is to stay home with children. My advice is to dress well every day. Try khakis/khaki shorts and button down shirts or polo type shirts (all machine washable). Avoid linens and silks. When playing sports with your kids, I suggest warm up/ track pants (or shorts) with a matching zip up jacket (or t-shirt). But be careful…they are so comfortable you may be tempted to wear one every day. Don’t.

Question: With regard to: hair, makeup, nails, jewelry etc… for work. What crosses the line? Is trendy OK? How much is too much?

Answer: Trends are best left for the weekends. Hair should be neat and clean. Nails should be trimmed and painted. Avoid bright colors and designs, stick to clear and neutral shades. If your polish is chipped - GO BARE. Jewelry is an expression of yourself - but in this case…less is more. Try small earrings, a delicate bracelet (make sure you do not jingle), a conservative ring. Remember, you want them to remember you, not what you were wearing.

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