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Going Back To Work Is Tricky For Some Women

gbtwitLanding that first job after a hiatus can be daunting, and many women experience a crisis of confidence. Employer resistance doesn’t help. “Many companies are suspicious if you’ve been out of the workforce for one or two years. If you’re out three to five years, it’s almost as though you’ve lost all your work skills,” says Nick Burkholder, assistant vice president, corporate staffing at CIGNA in Philadelphia.

Then there’s the matter of competition — workers some ten to 15 years younger than you. “They’re fresh, skilled, and vibrant,” says Linda Shepard, 51, who went back to work after a year and a half of caring for her terminally ill father.

Hampered by these obstacles, too many women stumble into any job they can find, no matter how unsatisfying or low paying. Actually, you can do much better …

Going Green: Easier Than You Think!

ggAs a typical American, you create about 4 pounds of trash a day. All those milk cartons and paper bags and apple cores and used-up plastic pens add up to 11500 pounds of garbage a year.

You can just dump it in the trash can and forget about R. But your city or town has a much harder time getting rid of it. Most communities cart their garbage off to landfills or burn it in incinerators. These solutions, however, create their own problems. And it’s destroying wildlife areas, says Lana Thomas of the Indigo Mountain Nature Center in Lake George, CO.

Landfills (huge garbage dumps) can poison the earth and groundwater as some of the garbage leaks dangerous chemicals into the ground. The world’s biggest landfill, Fresh Kills near New York City, leaches about 2 million gallons of toxic …