How to Prepare Your Family (and Yourself!) for Your Return to Work

Returning to work after a career break is not just a big transition for you, but for your entire family! No matter where you are on your journey back to the workforce, it’s never too early to start preparing your family for your return and all the big changes that will come with it. Planning ahead will save you a lot of headache and stress in the long run. Here…

The Elevator Pitch: How to Make Yours Pitch Perfect

You’ve got 30 seconds to sum up who you are professionally, what you’ve accomplished, and why you are a great – make that outstanding – candidate. Oh, and somewhere in that 30 seconds mention your career gap without it sounding like a negative. Gulp.  Welcome to the elevator pitch. As daunting as it may seem to introduce yourself, engage the listener, and include an “ask” in such a short amount…

Why Returners Are Valued By Employers

Different is Valuable When Returning to the Workforce At Path Forward, we create return-to-work opportunities in partnership with forward-looking employers such as HubSpot. We asked Shyam Venkatramani, DI&B Recruiting Program Manager, for the employer’s perspective when interviewing job applicants who have a career break on their resume. His insights below provide a thoughtful view on what returners bring to the table and how to make your attributes shine. * *…

How to Represent Your Career Gap on a Resume (With Templates)

When starting your job search, the resumé advice you’ll usually get is to hide any and all career gaps.  That’s because of the unfortunate stigma that still exists around hiring people with career breaks, especially those who left to provide family care.  Hiding your gap might be sound advice in general, but it’s a mistake when applying for a returnship. For these opportunities, there’s no need to justify your time…

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September is the New January

The end of summer and start of a new school year feels like a fresh start. The scenarios can vary. Maybe your youngest is beginning full-day kindergarten. Or the oldest is off to college while the other kids are increasingly busy with their preteen/teen activities. Or, maybe all the kids have been in school for a few years and another year of a (mostly) quiet house is making you consider…

Tami on Kate Hanley’s “How to Be a Better Person” Podcast: Highlights

Tami recently joined Kate Hanley’s “How to Be a Better Person” podcast, where she shared her perspective on the radically shifting job market in the wake of the pandemic, and what job seekers can do to successfully return to work. Listen to the podcast here, and check out some highlights (from the full transcript) below: Where the job market is headed, and whether women are coming back: In the professional…

Ask Tami #12: How to Build a Job Search Routine That Works For You

Zeinab: How much time should I put into prepping for my return? Do you have any tips for building and keeping to a routine? Dear Zeinab — What a great question! When you are looking to restart your career you definitely need to be prepared to spend time on your quest. But I think the way to think about it is not so much about quantity and more about consistency.…

Use Path Forward’s Resource Roundup to Return to Work

If your goal is to return to work, you’re in luck – because we’ve got all the resources and opportunities you need. Path Forward posts new returnships all throughout the year. View our current opportunities here, and make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter to learn about new roles as soon as they open. To help you hit the ground running, we’ve collected all of our most valuable tips…

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Hire a Career Coach

As you embark on your career restart, you may find yourself having trouble defining your career goals or understanding how to use your skills and experience in the current job market. If this is true for you, you might want to consider engaging with a career coach. Before you dive headfirst into a coaching relationship, make sure you understand what (and what not!) to expect so you can determine if…

Ask Tami #11: How to Return to Work After a Long Break

Kristen asks: My career break is long (more than 15 years). How can I market myself as relevant and able to pick up new things? Do my volunteer and caregiving experiences count for anything? We get asked this question often. Before I answer I want you to take some inspiration from the many women who’ve successfully restarted their careers after a break of more than 10 years — Alicia, Cathy,…