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…

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…

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…

Book Review: “Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career”

In her new book, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, Lisen Stromberg digs into the reasons why women take pauses in their careers and the steps they can take to successfully return. Relying on extensive social-science research and data about who leaves the workforce and why, Stromberg centers the narrative of Work Pause Thrive around the idea that pausing your career can enrich your career and your life. Covering everything from the complex…

Looking to restart your career? Give yourself a job: Run for office

I was very inspired by a recent Claire Zillman article in Fortune about the mayor of Sonoma, California. Partly, I was inspired because I believe it is good for our civic life when more women – across all sides of the political spectrum – run for and serve in public office. But Rachel Hundley also inspires me because hers is a wonderful reinvention story. And, a story of diving in…