10 Summer Career Reentry Must-Do’s To Hit the Ground Running Right after Labor Day!

by Carol Fishman Cohen

Get in front of the fall applicant rush. Summer is the perfect time to put your relaunch plan in place. That’s the advice I give relaunchers considering pausing career-reentry aspirations during July and August.

Set aside a regular time each  week to focus on your return to work strategy. Once the nice weather comes to an end, you’ll be glad you did.

Here are 10 steps to get ahead of the crowd of candidates vying for job openings in the fall:

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More Press on Relaunching!

It's been a busy few days as media attention continues to grow in the return-to-work arena. On Monday, March 30, Carol's article, "For Professionals Returning to Work, There’s Power in the Cohort," was published in Harvard Business Review. On April 1, "The Case for Creating a Re-entrance Program for New Mothers" (FastCompany's "Second Shift") quoted Carol on the proliferation of professional internships and what goes into creating a success return-to-work program. Please click on the article titles to read the full text.

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Bump, Set, Spike! Career Lessons from the Volleyball Court

by Carol Fishman Cohen

When I arrived at my small, Southern California college, I discovered volleyball and made it onto the JV team.  As a relatively short person at 5’4”, I could not be part of the wall of blockers or the powerful spiking threat that my 6-foot teammates could. I played setter for a while, but as set strategy shifted to favor tall players too, I found my highest value was as a defender on the back line. Not only was I a scrappy player who would dive for anything that came my way, but I had an eagle eye for judging which balls were going to be out of bounds as they came hurtling toward the baseline.

My volleyball experience illustrates the kind of process job seekers, whether they have taken a career break or not, need to go through to determine their value in the work place.

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"The House is Messier and I Don't Care": Wisdom from Return-to-Work Moms (My Guest Blog for the National Military Spouse Network)

By Carol Fishman Cohen

Ten years ago when Vivian Steir Rabin and I were doing the research for our career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track (Hachette, 2007, Amazon 2011),  we conducted over one hundred in-depth interviews to understand every detail about transitioning back to work after an extended career break. At the time, we focused primarily on moms returning to work after career breaks for child care reasons.

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