Translating Non-work Experience into Business Language

It’s commonly mentioned that the work that women do outside the paid workforce when they’ve taken a pause for caregiving gains them skills and experiences that are valuable in the professional environment as well. But it’s less common to find good advice on how to translate those experiences in a way that recruiters and hiring managers will understand. The better you are able to articulate how your experiences have gained…

Three Things to Do Now If You Want to Return to Work This Fall

In my house, the “Back to School” checklist for fall starts before my kids have even finished the current school year.  When I notice the sneakers are worn out, the sweaters have all gotten too small, and that backpack strap has finally given out on us, I know it’s time to start planning for September.  And with a fall game plan ready to go in June, I can enjoy the…

Employer Reviews By Women, For Women

At Path Forward, we often recommend that women restarting their careers research the companies they are considering joining. It’s important to understand what the company does, of course, but also its core values and culture. In our hyper connected, social age getting the inside scoop is easier than it’s ever been. You can, of course, look to the official company materials for their view of themselves. You can connect with…

Moms Who Inspire Us

  I seek out stories of moms who are making a big impact on the world. I find it troubling, in 2017, that the cultural narrative still often presents women as needing to choose – either have a family or have major accomplishments. And yet all around us there are women quietly (and, sometimes, not so quietly) being great moms and CEOs, politicians, thought leaders and more. As we get…

3 Myths Holding You Back at Work and at Home

Working Mother recently shared an article on their Facebook page by a woman lamenting how much harder her life is than that of her parents, a stay-at-home mom and a working dad. She outlined the ways she feels she is getting the worst of both their worlds – having all the work pressure her dad had with none of the leisure he enjoyed because of his non-working wife. And, also,…

Path Forward Featured on the Positively Gotham Gal Podcast

Joanne Wilson is a force of nature. She’s had an incredibly varied career and now occupies a space that makes her hard to define. She has a blog and a podcast under the moniker “Gotham Gal,” a festival and a portfolio of companies that she invests in as an angel. She also serves on nonprofit boards and I feel incredibly lucky to have her as the co-chair of Path Forward’s…

Book Review: Stress Less by Kate Hanley

A few years ago I found myself often feeling stressed out and short on time. Constantly panicked and rushed, I was not happy with how I was interacting with my kids. I was irritated and yelling “hurry up!” nearly every time we were headed out the door. I didn’t want to be that kind of mom and I also didn’t want my kids to experience our life as stressful and…

Can’t Seem to “Put Yourself First”? Try This Instead.

There seems to an unending number of articles written that tell moms to “put themselves first.” The reason that these articles keep getting written is because so many moms feel overwhelmed and stressed out. But the advice doesn’t seem to match the problem — if you are overwhelmed trying to meet everyone else’s needs, an article that tells you to put yourself first, even if it explains why you need…

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…