Leveraging Unpaid Work Experience in Your Job Search

You’ve been gaining new skills throughout your career break. Many of those skills and experiences are valuable in the workforce. But how do you translate those experiences in a way that recruiters and hiring managers will understand?   The better you are able to articulate how your experiences have helped you develop skills that are valuable to a business, the more likely you are to persuade a potential employer that you…

3 Essential Tips for Talking About Your Career Gap

Interviews are probably top of mind as you start your return to work journey. They can be a stressful experience for anyone, but maybe even more so after a career break because you’re wondering how to discuss your employment gap. How do you explain your reasons for taking a career break? How much detail should you go into about the circumstances behind your break? It can be nerve-wracking to put…

[Recording] A Returner’s Guide to Preparing for a Technical Interview

Recording Watch a recording of this October 19, 2023 webinar to learn how to prepare for technical interviews. Interviews for technical positions often include a skills component that fills returners with dread. It’s understandable. If you’ve been out of the workforce for several years, how can you show your technical competence when so much has changed? We’ve got you! This one-hour webinar provides insider tips and advice for conquering everything…

[Recording] Behavioral Interview Strategies for Returners

Recording If you haven’t had a job interview in awhile, you may be surprised when you get asked what are called “behavioral interview” questions. These are questions that ask you to describe how you handled a past job situation in a way that concisely conveys your impact. This can be hard to do and preparation is key! Watch a recording of this July 20, 2022 webinar to: discover how employers use the behavioral interview…

The Big Benefits of a Smile File

Earlier in my career, I remember reporting to a new office after a promotion. One of the first things I noticed was that everyone had a manila folder with a smile drawn on it on their desk. Curious, I asked a friendly face what the folders were for, and her matter of fact response of “they’re our smile files” let me know I was missing something. Seeing my confusion, she…

Search Path Forward’s Returnship Matcher to Find Your Best Fit

Job searching after you’ve been out of the workforce for several years is daunting. You quickly find out how much things have changed. One thing that may be new to you, for example, is the concept of returnships. Returnships bridge the gap between employers and highly qualified returners. They are supportive hiring programs that offer a pathway for mid-career professionals to return to the workforce and gain new skills and…

Is “Back to School” Making You Think of “Back to Work”?

The end of summer and start of a new school year feels like a fresh start for everyone. The kids are older now – maybe your youngest is beginning full-day kindergarten. Or the oldest is off to college. Or your teen or preteen is super busy with activities. What about you? The back-to-school season is when many stay-at-home moms and dads begin to think about their own next steps. Maybe…