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…

I Don’t Check Every Box on the Job Description. Should I Apply Anyway?

You may recall reading the statistic that men, on average, apply for jobs when they meet 60 percent of the qualifications, whereas women tend to only apply if they meet 100 percent.  While this stat is often attributed to a lack of confidence, a follow-on study found that many women perceive the rules of job searching differently than men do. The women in that study assumed the list of qualifications…

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 Is This Job Search So Hard?

I would venture to guess that most people, when they leave the workforce to focus on caring for their family, plan to re-enter at some point. That plan may be specific or hazy, but almost everyone I’ve ever spoken to about their restart journey says something like, “I always planned to go back to work.”  And while I don’t think anyone expects that the search for employment will be easy,…

Networking Not Your Thing? (Hint: You’re Already Doing It.)

Gone are the days when networking meant slapping on a name tag at an industry event, glass of self-confidence in hand, trying to make small talk with strangers, and exchanging business cards that would inevitably be lost or tossed.  Whew! Glad that’s over.  But there is still a valuable role that networking plays in your job search. Many jobs are posted for public viewing, but a lot of them are…

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…