How Volunteer Work helped me land my full-time job as a Title IX investigator for Harvard University

Guest Blogger: Ilissa Kimball Povich

"Four years after I joined the company, it was sold to the Financial Times, and I was asked to assume the general counsel role for the combined group. But, that position required travel to London, my nanny had just quit and my husband had just started a new job with substantial travel—so I resigned and began my very fulfilling 18-year chapter."

I am the kind of person who is not happy if I’m not busy. So during the 18 years that I did not work full-time—which I never regretted, even for a minute—I volunteered for many education-related initiatives and also did very very part-time paid consulting work leading workshops for new lawyers and writing abstracts of legal journal articles for a monthly digest.

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"Late Entrant" Engineer (Re)launches Her Tech Career after 9 Year Hiatus

By Enith Morillo

I graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a Masters in Electrical & Biomedical Engineering at the age of 22, while pregnant with my first child. Taking a 9-year hiatus after college to raise a family and live overseas, I returned to the US in 2006 and faced the challenge of entering the workforce almost a decade after graduation with virtually no previous work experience.

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Engineer Relaunches after 12-year Career Break

By Kara Kardon

During my 12-year professional break, I learned many things about roasting a chicken and many techniques for speed laundry sorting. I even spent some time optimizing routes between the elementary school, ballet class, the market and the little league diamond, but it never even crossed my mind to keep up with business technology. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a BSIE and then from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA. I spent four years as a consulting manager at PRTM (PRTM is a consulting firm that specializes in operations consulting in tech and related sectors) before first becoming a contractor to the firm and then several years later, after the birth of my third child, leaving my professional life altogether to raise my family.

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Our own Sarah Mills, iRelaunch's Director of Events, casts away her fears and jumps into new technology!

by Carol Fishman Cohen

I was technologically obsolete before I relaunched my career. That's why I know it's a temporary condition! My early years creating spreadsheets for financial analysis were so long ago, I was using LOTUS. I had to re-learn it on EXCEL. That was not so bad; it was PowerPoint that initially tripped me up. I worked and worked at it and can now create slide presentations with the best of them.

Our own Sarah Mills, iRelaunch's Director of Events, dove in and figured out how to produce our webinars and group coaching sessions on Webex without any prior experience. Was she afraid? Yes! But she persevered and figured it out.

You can do this too! Read on for details and advice.

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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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