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The Secret Weapon for Tech Updating: YouTube

by Carol Fishman Cohen

For those of us who have been out of the workforce for a while, the tech update is one of the biggest challenges of career reentry. Employers expect us to arrive with a working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and basic office management software.  Online tech courses such as Lynda.com can be great resources, as can Community Education courses.  Even a well-placed ad in the local high school newsletter can produce a teenager eager for a part-time tech updating job using knowledge she's had since elementary school.  But the most powerful tech updating tool of all is YouTube. read more - search blog archives

I Returned to Work After Attending the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference

by Carrie Buchwald, Associate Vice President, Corporate Learning Solutions, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

After a seven-year career break, I relaunched my career at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and am now leading the corporate sales channel there. I attribute my successful relaunch directly to the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference.

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Carol Goes to the White House Summit on Working Families!

by Carol Fishman Cohen

I was fortunate to be invited to participate in the White House Summit on Working Families which took place Monday, June 23rd.  I documented the entire day in pictures and commentary. Highlights follow.

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Joining Non-Profit Boards as a Step Toward Career Reentry


From Vivian Steir Rabin: A few weeks ago, a mutual friend introduced me to Cynthia Remec, CEO of BoardAssist and a "guru" of nonprofit board placement.  We had a great conversation, and she shared with me that a lot of the nonprofits with which she works are looking for former professionals who are now at home who can give their Boards time, as well as money.  More importantly, she spoke very eloquently about all the ways Board service, not just volunteering, can help you land a paying job. Fortunately, she's written a great blog on this topic, which we encourage you to peruse.

Planning Your Next Career Move? Don’t Forget to Join a Nonprofit Board
by Cynthia Remec

As the Executive Director of BoardAssist, I receive a steady stream of inquiries and referrals from job coaches nearly every day. Why? Because it’s their job to help you find yours, and nonprofit board service gives you an edge.  What exactly are those benefits?

Board Membership Benefits
There are several advantages to joining a board, but one of the primary benefits becomes apparent the moment the selection process begins and well before a final decision is made.

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Moms Returning to Work in South Korea: The Evolution Since 2008

by Carol Fishman Cohen
May 2014

I just came back from my third speaking tour in Asia over the last six years.  During my first trip in 2008, I spoke in South Korea and Japan as a guest of the U.S. Embassy, to audiences including academics, the media, government officials, employer representatives and women on career break.  The "return to work conversation" was in a nascent stage. While there was a lot of interest in what was going on in the United States to help women return to work after time at home, there were no return to work programs and few examples of Japanese and Korean women returning to work after career breaks.

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Relaunching is all over the News!

This has been an unprecedented period for media coverage of relaunching, and iRelaunch has been privileged to participate in much of it. Here are links to recent articles and videos:
The New York Times
NPR
HuffPost Live
Ozy
Austin American-Statesman

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Four iRelaunch Top Video Tips Featured in New York Times Return to Work Q & A

by Carol Fishman Cohen

Last week, iRelaunch was highlighted in a series of New YorkTimes articles about relaunching careers by veteran reporter Jennifer Preston and Motherlode lead writer and editor KJ Dell'Antonia. In the final piece released last Friday, Vivian and I answer reader's questions.  We cover everything from Ageism, to Special Advice for At-home Dads, to Career Transitioning, and much more.  In addition to a multitude of recommended resources, the New York Times included four of our video tips which we share below.  Click here to access the entire New York Times coverage, and click on the video picture to view the brief videos which get right to the point and are all under one minute.  Access our full video library here.

Carol Fishman Cohen on reaching out to people who were junior to you

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Carol Fishman Cohen's "The '40-Year-Old Intern' Goes to Wall Street" now on HBR

In the past six months, five new big-employer returning professional internship programs have been introduced: J.P. Morgan's ReEntry Program, Morgan Stanley's Return to Work program, Credit Suisse's Real Returns, the OnRamp Fellowship for returning lawyers, and MetLife's just-announced re-entry internship program beginning this spring. Why now? Read Carol Fishman Cohen's Harvard Business Review blog post, "The '40-Year-Old Intern' Goes to Wall Street" to find out.

To view the iRelaunch list of Career Re-entry Programs Worldwide, please click here.

Photo credit: Harvard Business Review

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