Spring 2018 Career Restart Resources for Returnees

Spring 2018 Career Restart Resources - Woman on Computer

Many companies, including many Path Forward partners, run return to work programs that have start dates in September and October. If you’d like to get your career restarted by the fall, there’s a lot of steps you can take now to get ready. The Path Forward team has rounded up some of our favorite online and in-person resources to help you continue to grow your network, upgrade your skills, and ace your job search.

Free Training & Certification in Customer Success

Customer Success is the second fastest-growing career path in America, and Pulse Academy is offering free Customer Success Management (CSM) for caregivers looking to re-enter the workforce and returned veterans. The Customer Success Essentials workshop is a day-long professional development event that provides hands-on training and certification in the theory and practice of CSM, taught by highly-experienced and respected individuals in the field.


  • Must have a BA/BS Degree; or are currently enrolled in a four-year program
  • If returning caregiver, must have three years of professional experience prior to caregiving or full-time elder care of parents/in-laws.
  • If a veteran, must have three years of service or greater and an honorable discharge

When: April 9, 2018
Where: San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, California
How to apply: Complete this form by March 31, 2018

Return to Work Fellowship with Inspiring Capital

Inspiring Capital’s Re-Inspiration Fellowship is a year-long fellowship designed to help women returning to work build clarity, confidence, knowledge, and connections to pursue careers within the social sector. It begins with a one-month intensive workshop that helps women focus on transitioning back into the formal workforce. The workshops are followed by networking opportunities, introductions to organizations within the IC network, and support from the IC staff, all geared at helping you restart your career in social impact sector.

Path Forward’s Career Restart Webinar

If you’re looking to restart your career this spring, the Path Forward Career Restart Webinar should be your first step. We discuss how to tell your story in a job interview and how to rebuild your network, plus tackle some of the more daunting aspects of returning to work, including how to update your resume when you have a gap in employment and how to prepare for a successful interview. Watch the webinar now. We are also planning a new series of webinars in May — stay tuned for an announcement soon!

Returning to STEM

Returning to STEM is a free online workshop that helps you prepare to restart your career in STEM fields. It begins with an introduction on how to update your CV and present yourself online, and continues with learning modules on networking, mentorship, and where to find STEM jobs.

Women for Hire

Women for Hire is an organization dedicated to helping women find the right career opportunities to fit in their life. They offer insightful career and job-search advice and a robust job board. We particularly loved their informative and extensive post on comeback careers.


PowerToFly is an an online resource that helps connect women to tech jobs, including remote and flexible jobs.They offer an online networking platform that connects you with other members of the PowerToFly community. Also, be sure to check out their networking guide for women in tech.

ReBoot Accel

ReBoot Accel offers a suite of programs to get women back into the workforce or help them pursue new career goals. Their ReBoot Kickstart is a free online resource for career reentry job seekers that focuses on job search skills, personal branding, and opportunities to ask advice through their Facebook group of like-minded job seekers.


Inkwell is an online network that connects professionals with businesses and nonprofits who need specialized help on a part-time or project basis. They help parents and other flex workers find flexible work to help them keep their skills and resume up to date.


MomCorps is a national staffing and search company focused exclusively on the placement of experienced professionals in fractional, flexible and virtual positions.

The Second Shift

The Second Shift gives women a clear path to remain in the workforce when full-time employment is not an option. They connect professional women with top companies to work on temporary market research, product marketing, business development, and event planning projects


JobScan is an online resource to help you beat applicant tracking systems and boost your chance of getting through the automated screening portion of a job application. They help you optimize your resume with keywords against the job descriptions you’re looking for. They also offer tips on optimizing your cover letters and LinkedIn profiles.

Are there any other career restart resources that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments.

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