“I don’t know what I expected, but the inability to call out my resume gap (on LinkedIn) was immediately apparent. I had typed in “mom” into the blank space of the job title category, and I was surprised and disappointed to find that homemaker was the only option that popped up, which, of course, is a term that was coined in the 1800s and gained popularity in the ’50s and comes loaded with an emphasis not just on the stay-at-home mom piece, but also on the stay-at-home wife. It’s rather antiquated.”
– Heather Bolen, on NPR
Last week, the professional networking site LinkedIn said it will begin giving users a new list of ways to identify themselves – as stay-at-home parents or caregivers or self-employed without having to offer much more detail. The site said that is a way to allow people to more accurately reflect their lives and to remove the stigma of career gaps.
LinkedIn users can in part thank Heather Bolen for this. She is a former Starbucks executive who stayed at home with her children for more than a decade. It was her piece published in Medium last month titled “How A Simple Platform Fix Can Help Millions of Women Trying To Reenter The Workforce” which caught the company’s attention.
This NPR story tells her unbelievable, but all too common, experience. We’re glad to see the change.
Why a Personal Brand Matters
From the membership community, Natfluencer comes this very good guide to telling the world who you are. In today’s world, personal branding matters more than ever. You can use this guide as a starting point to build and maintain your personal brand and see for yourself what opportunities come your way.
Natfluencer says they “Inspire, encourage, and enlighten our community. Foster personal and professional growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Assist in defining and promoting noteworthy personal brands.” Not bad!
Our favorite tools and resources for expanding your network, staying in the know, learning new skills, and making your next move.
- Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR. Author Lisa Napoli chronicles when a pioneering nonprofit called National Public Radio came along in the 1970s, and the door to serious journalism opened a crack, four remarkable women came along and blew it off the hinges.
- Next Big Idea Club: This subscription book club brings you “The world’s most brilliant authors, hand-picking the ideas that will change your life.”
- Terrible, Thanks for Asking: You know how when someone asks “How are you?” you just say “Fine,” even if you’re totally dying inside, so everyone can go about their day? This podcast is the opposite of that. Nora McInerny asks real people to share their complicated and honest feelings about how they really are. It’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and often both. From American Public Media.
It’s Not You, It’s Zoom
From Morning Brew—Back-to-back meetings without breaks cause a measurable buildup in the brain of stress-related beta waves, according to a new study from Microsoft’s Human Factors Lab. Even short breaks can help the brain “reset” and improve focus during meetings.
When Microsoft measured brain activity in 14 workers during four back-to-back meetings, the introduction of quick breaks with a downtime activity like meditation resulted in fewer beta waves.
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