Wednesday, November 6, 2019

UNEMPLOYED NEED GUIDANCE TO RETURN TO WORK

Job seekers who are currently unemployed need career guidance to address issues only they experience due to their unique situation.  I recently asked a client I am currently assisting to complete a brief survey about his job search concerns.  He was asked to list three answers for each question.  


Of special note, one of my clients wrote, "I feel there should be a websites for mature adults who have worked all their lives.  Give us a chance."  Very moving....There was no way I could turn my back on this request and created www.jobsearchfortherestofus.com.  On this website, you will find articles of interest to the unemployed.  Here you will find job search, resources, coping ideas, and other articles to help move you forward and put the work loss behind you. 


Here is what I asked my current clients – How would you answer?

What do you miss about working?


What are some of your biggest job search obstacles?


What are your biggest job search fears?

Most of the answers were along the lines of what I expected to hear - I have been counseling the unemployed for a long time... I want to assure you that you are not alone and what you are feeling is entirely normal!


Here are some of the answers I got to my brief survey:


What do you miss about working?

Being out in public and seeing people

Filling up my day with different activities

Earning money, having freedom, and independence

Having something to look forward to

Doing something I'm good at

What are some of your biggest job search obstacles? 

Use of my injured body part

Memory and concentration

Lack of skills

Finding a job in a new field or industry

Age

What are your biggest job search fears?

Not being able to do the job

Interviewing

Not being able to make enough money

Not being hired

Learning new skills

I'd love to hear from you! Comment below....


Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
lifeworks@mail.com
Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
http://www.life-works.info
http://www.injuredworkerhelpdesk.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marysevinsky
Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile: 410.444.1989 | Skype Mary E. Sherwood

Let me know how you are doing or how I can help! 

Comment below or reach out. 

Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM, Occupational Consultant

Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile:  410.444.1989 | Skype Mary.E.Sherwood 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

New Favorite Resource for Learning English as a Second Language


USA Learns

USA Learns!

This free resource has many video lessons and 1000s of activities.  Learn to speak and listen to English, improve vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. They even have a new U.S. Citizenship course!

100% free educational website: https://www.usalearns.org/

I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you are doing or comment below...

Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
lifeworks@mail.com
Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
http://www.life-works.info
http://www.injuredworkerhelpdesk.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marysevinsky
Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile: 410.444.1989 | Skype Mary E. Sherwood  
Email LifeWorks@mail.com



    Let me know how you are doing or how I can help!

    http://www.life-works.info

    http://www.injuredworkerhelpdesk.com

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/marysevinsky

    Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile: 410.444.1989 | Skype Mary E. Sherwood

    Friday, November 1, 2019

    Suggested Job Search Schedule

    Suggested Job Search Schedule


    Sunday:  Review and apply to help wanted’s online and/or in classifieds (If your local paper comes out on a different day, start this schedule from that day and change the below days accordingly)

    Monday:  Call those ads that request a call and obtain directions/additional information for ads asking to apply in person

    Tuesday: Apply in person, return calls of employers who called, attend any job development/training meetings, review job-seeking skills material online/participate in groups

    Wednesday:  Cold calls and practice interviewing, other job search skills training

    Thursday:  follow up calls with any outstanding employers, job service,. job search from the previous week

    Friday:  Networking – call friends and identify employers who are hiring.  Call and follow up with Staffing agencies registered with.

    Don’t forget to use other resources like checking jobs through the job service, trade journals, large area employers, Pennysaver type papers, and staffing agencies AT LEAST weekly.

    Keep up on the latest industry news!  If your job goals are a bit more modest - Work on your computer or other skills (one hour per day is a good goal).  Here is a brief lists of great sites for self-improvement:

    Job Search:  http://www.jobsearchfortherestofus.com 

    Computer Basics:  http://www.gcflearnfree.org/ComputerBasics or www.eldy.com 

    General Mind/Brain: http://www.lumosity.com 

    Keyboarding:  http://www.nimblefingers.com/0_min.htm OR http://www.powertyping.com 

    Microsoft Office:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training-FX101782702.aspx

    Languages:  http://www.duolingo.com/ OR http://livemocha.com/

    I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you are doing or comment below...

    Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
    lifeworks@mail.com
    Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
    http://www.life-works.info
    http://www.injuredworkerhelpdesk.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/marysevinsky
    Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile: 410.444.1989 | Skype Mary E. Sherwood  
    Email LifeWorks@mail.com


    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Join me at the MWCEA Conference IARPP Happy Hour


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    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Difficult doesn't mean impossible!

    Difficult 


    Doesn't Mean


    Impossible



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    Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM, Occupational Consultant
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    What most inspires you?




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    • Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
    • lifeworks@mail.com
    • Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
    • Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile: 410.444.1989 | Skype Mary E. Sherwood
    Let me know how you are doing or how I can help! 
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    Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM, Occupational Consultant
    Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile:  410.444.1989 | Skype Mary.E.Sherwood 

    Friday, May 3, 2019

    Maryland Joint Task Force for Injured Workers ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019



    Also sponsored by:
    International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals
                                            Chesapeake  
    Coppin State University,
    The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
    Talon Center
    2500 W. North Avenue
    June 19, 2019       7:30 am – 1:00pm

    The Workers’ Comp Roller Coaster    Ethics, Expectations, Hopes, and Challenges

    This year we are pleased to present a panel including injured workers, similar to one we provided a few years back that was very well received. We hope to gain insight into how our work directly impacts our clients and patients and understand what works and what doesn’t. Just as with any of our cases – you never know where it will lead!

    1.25 CCM General and 2.0 Ethics Confirmed
    2.0 CRC Contact and 1.0 Ethics CEUs Confirmed
    4.0 CDMS Ethics CEUs Confirmed  
    Mandatory MD WCC CEUs Confirmed

    Request Documentation for POST APPROVAL for other Certifications from Mary Sherwood Sevinsky. 

    PLEASE REGISTER BY 6/7.

    Audience

    Practical information that is essential for Claims Adjustors, Nurse Case Managers, Vocational Counselors, Attorneys, Doctors, Therapists and everyone working with injured workers in the State of Maryland. FAX TO: Attention Donna Keegan 410.554.6849 if necessary. Make Checks Payable to Maryland JTF.  

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    PRE-CONFERENCE SURVEY:  http://bit.ly/MDJTFSurvey         

    PDF of flyer and agenda:   http://bit.ly/JTFFlyerAndAgenda


    The Workers’ Comp Roller Coaster

    June 19, 2019

    AGENDA

    7:00 am                        Vendors set up

    7:30 AM – 8:30 AM      Registration, Breakfast and Visit with Exhibitors

    8:30 – 9:00 AM            Welcome and Acknowledge COPPIN/MRC for their support of JTF/IARP Chesapeake; provide information on the mission, vision, and benefit of membership

    9:00 – 10:00 am           Acupuncturist, Jonathan Gilbert, introduced by Mike Caruso, “Acupuncture’s Role within the Modern Healthcare Setting”

    10:00 – 10:30 Am         Break / meet with Vendors & Speakers

    10:30 – 10:45 am         Legislative Update by Michael Daney Esq. Recent WCC Legislation and Rules - an update on changes in the legislation about Maryland Workers’ Compensation and introduce our main speakers. Announce donations to Friends of WTC and Kid’s Chance by Dr. Spry, who will moderate the panel.

    10:45 – 11:45 AM         Panel Discussion with Injured workers, Counselors, and Occupational Therapist “Ethics, Expectations, Hopes, and Challenges”


    11:45 – 12:30 PM        WCC Commissioner, James Forrester, Esq. “Ethical View from the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission


    12:30 PM                     Closing remarks & Visit with Exhibitors  

    We look forward to seeing you at this year's conference!  Whether or not you are attending, we would appreciate your feedback – can you take a few moments to complete our: 

    PRE-CONFERENCE SURVEY:  http://bit.ly/MDJTFSurvey

    THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE!

                                                            

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    Injured at work - what now?

    Often when I meet with an injured worker one of the first questions I hear is something to the effect of, "How can I work now that I am injured." There are variations of course, but mostly they just don't know how to think about what they can do! 

    I usually say:

    You are most likely a hard worker who wants nothing but to get back to work. You may have been in the same job for a long time. You may fear or have already been told that you will not be able to return to work in the same position. Ever. 

    What can you do? What should you do?

    Fear is often at the core of most unexpected change, and an unexpected work injury is no different. 

    During the initial phases of an injury medical treatment and your job security may be unclear. The more you can do to clarify your situation, the better you can plan your next steps.

    So, what should you do if you have been laid off or out of work due to a work injury?

    ·      Stay in constant communication with your employer - it is important that they understand that you want to come back to work as quickly as possible

    ·      Arrange all documents you receive in a folder in order of oldest to most recent

    ·  Keep a journal of all conversations and events - include dates, times, location, expenses, mileage, and a summary of what was said or done

    ·    Ask questions and take notes of the answers - write the questions or concerns down as they come to you; you won't remember them at your next meeting

    ·    Take stock of the resources you do have - including your support system; make a list of resources you may still need

    ·      If you have been injured, understand your state's Workers' Compensation Laws

    ·   Do you need an attorney? A good attorney can help in almost any circumstance,and most don’t charge for an initial consultation 

    Another emotion that often enters into the picture when someone is unemployed is grief. Grief over the loss of:

    ·     Function/Physical ability – It can be frustrating, scary isolating, difficult - there are no words that can really cover everyone’s experience if you have suffered a debilitating injury


    ·      Job - In our culture, we frequently identify who we are by what we do; when faced with a job loss, it is common to mourn the loss of identity

    ·      Routine – As adults, we structure our entire lives around our work schedule and can experience a deep sense of loss of security

    Men often express fear in the form of anger, as they are often not used to discussing emotions. Women may withdraw and become depressed.

    The resulting relationship issues are, needless to say, not necessarily beneficial to healing or the return to work process!

    Acknowledging and labeling these feelings goes a long way toward being able to discuss and work through them.

    It can be a great relief just to have someone say “I hear you.” or “I know exactly what you are saying.” or “You have been through a lot.” Just the validation of what you are feeling from another person can help so much.




    Let me know how you are doing or how I can help! 
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    Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
    Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile:  410.444.1989 | Skype Mary.E.Sherwood 

    Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    Free blog tips and resources!


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    Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
    Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile:  410.444.1989 | Skype Mary.E.Sherwood 

    Friday, March 22, 2019

    What is your dream job and why?

    I am lucky enough to look forward to work every day, I know I am not alone!  Am I? Comment below - I would love to hear from you!


    Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM, Occupational Consultant
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    Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile:  410.444.1989 | Skype Mary.E.Sherwood

    Monday, March 4, 2019

    Reading List for Job Seekers:





    How to Job Search







    Interviewing











    Young Professionals










    Cover Letters




    Thank You Letters










    Leadership






    Resumes












    LinkedIn
















    Skills






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    • Mary Sherwood, MS, CDMS, CCM
    • lifeworks@mail.com
    • Professional, Rehab, & Occupational Services, LLC
    • Landline 302.644.1827 | Mobile: 410.444.1989 | Skype Mary E. Sherwood

    Let me know how you are doing or how I can help! 
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