Lisa writes: You used to be so confident, successful in your career, juggling life responsibilities and bringing home a paycheck. But then came a career break, an extended period of time where, for family or other reasons, you left the full-time workforce. Now there is a gap in your resume and a sense of professional unease has crept into that opening but you want to go back to work.
Is it time to go back to work? Or maybe time to change career paths with the kids on the way out the door? As the nest empties, these questions naturally arise. But where to begin? If you have been out of the workplace for a number of years, dare we even say a decade or more, a job search with a dusty, outdated resume can be a daunting task. One of my oldest friends, Carol Fishman Cohen, became a stay at home mom when the company she worked for (remember Drexel Burnham Lambert?) went into bankruptcy while she was on maternity leave. A decade later Carol was successful in finding a great job, but ultimately her real calling was in helping others tread the same path. Carol wrote a great book called Back on the Career Track and she has a hugely helpful website called iRelaunch.
I went to one of Carol’s conferences last fall at NYU and it was an amazing networking/information gathering/educational event—even the food was good. So rather than speak for her, I have asked Carol to give you a few of her most important points, and if you need more you can follow up on her site or at Amazon. Today Carol is going to talk about mistakes people make in trying to renter the workforce, tomorrow she will give some of her top suggestions on how to get back on the career track.
Three common mistakes people make when trying to relaunch a career: [Read more...]