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Information, helpful advice, and commentary about topics relevant to relaunchers.

Our First Facebook Live Session

We're very excited to have used the new Facebook Live (one of the first!) to reach our worldwide community and share return-to-work tips and answer your questions. On our first session we discussed career assessments, how to talk about the gap on your resume, how to stay updated for your relaunch, returning professional internship programs, boosting your confidence, and so much more.

Be sure to join us for our next Facebook Live Session, "How Do I Start My Relaunch?"

 

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The Value-driven Resume

Candidates often ask me how to format their resume or what buzzwords to add so their resume leads to an interview. Although it is important to have an attractive, easy-to-read resume, you need much more than that. Buzzwords are not enough and some so-called “buzzwords” are actually clichés that tarnish your brand. The most effective way to earn an invitation is to create a value-driven resume. Let’s break down the value-driven resume.

Why Focus on Values

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How Can I Build Up My Confidence? I Am Out of Practice.

One of the key ingredients to your relaunch is building your confidence to get out the door and head back to work!   Perhaps you know which path you want to pursue, you are comfortable with your resume and LinkedIn profile, and have a list of people to contact.  But, you are having a tough time pressing the “Go” button.  This is when you want your confidence to kick in! If you find that it doesn’t happen overnight, you are not alone. Confidence sometimes needs a nudge, and there is no better time to start nudging than right now.

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Relaunching - An Ideal Time for Career Reinvention

A question I often hear from relaunchers is:  “I have no idea what I want to pursue next, but I definitely don’t want to return to what I did before. Now what?"

Relaunching is an ideal time for career reinvention, but changing careers can be intimidating. I encourage you to view this period not as a time of uncertainty, but rather as a time of opportunity - the impetus for self-discovery and exploration.

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"How can I deal with rejection better?"

Rejection can sting, especially when you haven't experienced it in a while. In fact, without a rejection strategy, you could find yourself derailing - just as you are finally executing on your career search. The great news is that learning to deal with rejection is like building a muscle that hasn't been flexed in a while. With a plan and practice, your rejection 'muscle' will strengthen and you will be able to forge ahead, regardless of what is thrown your way. 
 
To get ahead of rejection, here is a strategy to have in place:

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Don’t Talk Yourself Out of an Opportunity

About a year ago I planned an alumni event on networking. Led by an experienced career coach, we were given role-playing exercises on introducing ourselves as well as entering and exiting ongoing conversations in a social setting. Over the course of the evening one voice stood out for me. My radar went up. I knew those questions, that doubt. She was a relauncher. After the session ended, I introduced myself, and I was right. She was a human rights lawyer volunteering for a refugee NGO and wanted to know how she should introduce herself if she was not being paid. I was flabbergasted.

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Shonda Rhimes found inspiration from her relauncher mother

People often ask Shonda Rhimes, creator, head writer, and executive producer of ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder, and mother of three girls, how she manages to raise her children and be at the forefront of three of television's hottest series. In a recent interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Rhimes revealed that her inspiration comes her mother, who relaunched after raising Rhimes and her five siblings:

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The one thing you should do to achieve your resolution to relaunch in 2016

This is your year! You've decided that in 2016, you're going to restart your career, either in an industry where you've previously worked or in a new one. You're raring to go! To make your relaunch happen this year, what is the first, most important thing that you should do now? Revise your dusty, old resume? No.  Arrange as many informational interviews as possible in your targeted industry? No. Find a volunteer position that allows a prospective employer to test drive your work and gives you current experience and contacts? No.
 

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