It’s time to get blogging; start the countdown to #cipdACE

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It’s getting to that time of year again and it’s all rather exciting! Finally we can begin our build up to the biggest HR conference and exhibition of the year and you guessed it, I am part of this year’s CIPD blog squad and absolutely delighted to be asked back for a second time; 2016 was an absolute blast.

I have had the pleasure of tweeting with some of this fabulous bunch over social media for many years and they all have such different perspectives so this year’s coverage is definitely going to be vast and varied to say the least. If you are not already, do make sure you following them over on Twitter, on there you will find links to their blogs which will be used (along with many other social media channels) to discuss all the goings on.

The theme for this year’s 71st ACE is Leading the People Profession; the meaning behind this leads from previous years when the focus has been upon the world of work and the future of work, and as the pace of change becomes greater, there is an expectation that people focused professionals need to constantly adapt and change to meet the needs of those around us.

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Returning to work when juggling life as a parent

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For many new parents, the thought of returning to work can be a daunting one. As part of my blog collaboration series, I am joined by Laura Izard known as the Comeback Girl (@C0mebackG1rl on Twitter) to discuss how parents can prepare themselves before returning to the world of work.

Whether you are at the end of your maternity leave or you’ve taken a career break, returning to work can be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make, and confidence can play a big part in the decision-making process. Having children changes your life so thinking about returning to work and putting yourself first can make you feel guilty as a parent, but it shouldn’t. Returning to work can be fulfilling, exciting and rewarding, but most of all, it can make you feel like ‘you’ – pre-children!

Understandably, when you become a parent your priorities change in a big way, so firstly, it is important to understand and be realistic about the expectations you have for yourself. You may feel guilt about leaving little ones at home, that’s normal and it’s also normal not to feel it. It’s vital self-care to consider your needs too.

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April’s book of the month: Tweet Your Way to Success by Samantha Kelly

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We’ve polished off our Easter eggs and now it’s time to get some work done, that includes spring cleaning; so why not spring clean your social media?

This month’s read I cannot recommend highly enough; this book really helped me get into the swing of things on Twitter and has enabled me to make a positive contribution especially in places like HR Hour and Future Leaders. Samantha is incredibly talented and has a natural flair for making Twitter an engaging space full of development opportunity. In this book she shares her tips to help you get what you want out of Twitter and truly make an impact, no matter how big or small your aspirations may be.

With a positive profile being a desirable HR quality, now is the perfect time to get started and whilst the book may focus upon people starting their own businesses, this may certainly help those starting their own business but it can also benefit those who want to start a blog, take that next career step, or simply have a social media presence; this book has something for everyone.

It’s important to remember that investing in your personal profile is investing in yourself, so I hope you enjoy this month’s read and hope it helps you to develop yourselves further.