Advice on staying current in the job market

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Advice on staying current in the job market

Getting back to work after you have a baby is one of the most challenging things that I have lived, or I guess I should say am living. My trick, because I work in television and entertainment, my trick for me during pregnancy was to not fall off the radar completely. Even though I wasn’t working full time when I was pregnant, I had to make sure that my contacts were kept up to date. I wanted to make sure that I kept up with all of my former colleagues, just to send an email or a little note or a phone call to say, “hey, how you doing? I’m looking to get back to work after pregnancy.” That sort of thing. Just to make sure people know you’re still out there, interested, and your brain is still wrapped around wanting to work after you have children. My trick was just to keep my contacts and build new ones at the same time, because through pregnancy and through motherhood a lot of times you make a lot of new contacts in your own field that you didn’t have before you had kids. So building your contacts and maintaining them is the most surefire way that worked for me to keep working after I had kids. Social media has propelled my career and expanded it in a way that I never even thought possible. And the funny thing was that I’m only on social media because I started my blog during my pregnancy to stay on the radar. And through social media, I’ve made more contacts, I’ve made more friends, I’ve expanded my audience, I’ve brought value to what I do as an entertainment professional. And that to me is incredible. Thank God for social media!

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Jill Simonian

TV Host & Founder

Jill Simonian is a Television Host and Mom & Family Lifestyle Expert. As Founder/Blogger of the fresh and motivating online resource, Jill inspires women to keep life focused, fun and as close to fabulous as possible after having babies (with tons of funny fails) through her own personal tales of motherhood. A mom to two girls under the age of 4, Jill's relatable personality and social media wit scored her the gig of Mom-Lifestyle Expert for Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family" daytime show for 2013-2014. She frequently appears on HLN, E!, KTLA-5's Morning News (Los Angeles) and HuffPostLive dishing about celebrity parents, sparking hot-topic debate and sharing personal tips and products about all-things babies, motherhood and parenting. Jill contributes blogs and videos to top online parenting sites (Right Start, Momversation, Modern Mom), has been a 'spokesmom' for branded digital campaigns (Target, T-Mobile, Lance Snacks, Bel Brands) and co-hosted MSN's video series Her Say (2011) alongside the mother of all mom-bloggers, Soleil Moon Frye. Jill is a polished speaker, emcee and panel moderator for corporate and motivational events alike (including Skechers USA and Maria Shriver’s CA Women’s Conference). Prior to having children, Jill racked up hundreds of celebrity interviews as a full-time entertainment reporter and hosted a multitude of lifestyle and entertainment news programs airing on HLN/CNN ("Showbiz Tonight"), KTLA-5 ("Sneaks," KTLA's "Morning News"), Travel Channel ("America's Worst Driver"), ReelzChannel ("Dailies", "The Big Tease") and more. Jill is a specially-selected member of Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Digital Philanthropic Committee and is truly having a blast keeping life 'fabulous' with her husband (a pediatric surgeon) and their two wildly opinionated toddlers… fails and all.

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