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Best Careers for Family Caregivers

One day at work, I got a call from the hospital. My elderly aunt was being released and wasn't well enough to go home. She needed to go to a nursing home, the hospital told me. And, it needed to happen within hours. I was the nearest relative and the one who had brought my aunt to the hospital. Suddenly, my life was in a frenzy. I took the afternoon off work and found her a nursing home. But that was just the beginning.

That was about 15 years ago and I had very young kids. I was thrown into the world of family caregiving, raising children and trying to keep my job. Anyone who has been a family caregiver knows how hard it is to balance work and caregiving responsibilities. I am thrilled to read in Smart Money that some employers are pitching in to help their workers who are caregivers.

Below is a snippet of the SmartMoney story. I hope it helps those of you who need this info. If you're not there yet in your life responsibilities, bookmark it for your future.

Best Careers for Family Caregivers

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For the 43 million Americans taking care of another adult, climbing the corporate ladder may seem all but impossible. Now, though, help is coming from a surprising corner: Your employer.

A decade ago, few people had ever heard of corporate benefits like elder care leave and caregiving referral services. Now some 10% of companies currently provide them, a percentage experts expect to keep growing. Flex-time, which is critical for dealing with emergencies or monitoring care, is also getting more popular. Almost one in five companies say that in 2011 they plan to add or increase the amount of flex-time options they offer employees, according to a survey by executive search firm Amrop Battalia Winston.

For those that have found caregiving to be a career killer, it's a welcome change.


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John Roberts

I was laid off about 6 months ago and can definitely attest to the tough job market. It took some dedicated effort to land a job. I know the jobs are out there, there is just more competition to get them. I will tell you what worked for me.

I broke down and had my resume professionally done. I had been told to do it for some time, but was basically too cheap to pay for it! But in the end it was worth it. The writers know what key words to include to get your resume the attention it deserves. I did my research - there are a lot of services out there that range in price from $40 to $150. I found one that cost $49 - so I didn't pay an arm and a leg. And I believe it was well worth it. I recommend it to anyone on the job hunt.

The service I used was ResumeSolutionsPro.com ( I have heard good things about resumeworld.com as well)

Best of Luck to you all!

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