Does Anyone Bother With Cover Letters Anymore? (Yes, And Here’s How to Write a Good One)

One question that I’m frequently asked is “Does anyone read cover letters? And, if not, do I need to bother with one?” The short answers are it depends and yes. Talk to a bunch of recruiters and pretty soon you will hear the same thing: they don’t read cover letters. But you still need one, and it needs to be customized for each job. The reason is simple: A great…

Path Forward is Hiring!

**Update: Thank you to everyone who applied for our roles at Path Forward. These positions are now filled.** We’re excited to announce that Path Forward is hiring for a 16-week return to work program in April! We’re looking for an organized self-starter to join the team as a Program Manager. This is a great position for someone who can work efficiently and has a background in coaching, developing, mentoring and crafting…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Wendy Padua

Name:  Wendy Padua Company and position title: Zendesk, I started as a field marketing intern and my contract was extended as a field marketing associate. What did you do before taking a break? I had two very distinct career tracks. My early career began in a small, high growth software company based in Atlanta.  I worked in the marketing department, and the environment feels very similar to what I’m experiencing now at…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Trisha Almeida

Name:  Trisha Almeida Company and position title: Demandbase, I started as a solutions consultant and was hired full-time as a project manager. What did you do before taking a break? I worked as a project manager in IT. I started my career as an engineer, grew into an analyst position, and when I quit I was working as a project manager. How many years of experience did you have before your…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Viviana Bhandari

Name: Viviana Bhandari Company and position title: Demandbase, software engineer. What did you do before taking a break? I was living in Costa Rica where I worked as a customer service rep for call centers for different companies. I moved to the US for my husband’s career and I wasn’t able to get a work visa right away so I used the time to finish my degree. How many years…

Writing a Resume After (More Than) a Few Years Out of the Workforce

One question we are often asked is how do I write a resume when I haven’t worked, professionally, for years. And it’s tough because most “how to deal with a resume gap” advice is aimed at people who have been out of work for several months, not years. So here’s a high level guide to writing a resume when you’ve been out of the workforce for a long time and…

Questions (and Answers) About Path Forward: Updated Edition

Since the launch of our program we’ve gotten a lot of questions from people eager to apply for a Path Forward internship. We have answers! Read on for the most frequently asked questions about our program. What is a Path Forward return to work program? A Path Forward return to work program is a temporary job placement with a specific company that is geared toward professionals looking to restart their…

Book Review: Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

Of all the amazing people I’ve had the privilege of meeting, Tiffany Dufu stands out. She was the president of The White House Project, was part of the launch team for Lean In and is currently the chief leadership officer of Levo. And that’s just a few highlights – her list of accomplishments is so long and impressive it would take an entire blog post to fully represent them all.…

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What We Can Learn from Brenda Barnes

Brenda Barnes made headlines in 1997 when she quit her job as CEO of Pepsi to spend more time with her three children. She returned to the C-suite in 2004, joining Sara Lee as COO and eventually becoming CEO. She stepped down from that role in 2010 after a stroke and last month a second stroke claimed her life at 63. Her too-short but oh-so-full life offers many lessons for…