Refresh Your Skills

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Refresh Your Skills, Internships, Reentry Programs

The first big company "returnship*" programs started nearly a decade ago, but are only now catching on in larger numbers. Having been active in the career reentry space since I relaunched my own career at Bain Capital in 2001, I have...

Videos, US News & Commentary, Career Transitions, General, Work-Life Balance, General, Flexible Work: Part-time & Remote, General, Timing

iRelaunch announced today that Ruth Reardon O’Brien, Retired Partner, Ropes & Gray, will be the second recipient of the iRelaunch Pioneering Relauncher Award. The award was announced on October 3rd at the iRelaunch Return-to-Work Conference...

Package Yourself, Refresh Your Skills, Stay Connected & Network

Today’s job market is competitive, fast-paced and constantly changing. Job seekers need to stand out to be noticed. As an executive and career coach and former marketing executive, I know all too well that having the right skills and experience...

Refresh Your Skills, Strategic Volunteering & Non-Profit Boards, Strategic Volunteering

Returning to the workforce can be overwhelming, especially when you may feel insecure about your abilities.  Are there some “rusty” skills you need to refresh? New skills you need or want to learn? An industry or position you want more...

My name is Sarah Mills and I am the Senior Director of Logistics for iRelaunch. I love to plan! Ok, maybe not dinners, but I do like to plan events. I specifically enjoy managing the logistics of conferences, where multiple pieces need to fit...

General, Validate Past Skills & Experience, Compensation, General, General, General, Timing

When looking at stats on people who return to work after a career break, studies are cited that show taking a career break for three years or more results in a compensation hit of 37%. The problem with these stats is that they mask the...

Package Yourself, General, Interviews, Resume, General, Stay Connected & Network, General, Informational Interviews, Personal Readiness and Workplace Options, General



Having worked with many Relaunchers, I frequently hear the comment “I’ll start my job search after the summer.”  While it is certainly understandable to want to spend time enjoying summer activities, here are 5...

Career Transitions, Elevator Pitch, General, Interviews, Resume, Plan for the New Job, Work-Life Balance, General, Stay Connected & Network, General, Strategic Volunteering & Non-Profit Boards, Personal Readiness and Workplace Options, General
Summer Reads - Fiction “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith “Purity” by Jonathan Franzen “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” by Salman Rushdie “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger “...
General, General, Success Stories, General, General

Attitude Adjustment – “Network? WHAT network?!”

First, I was supposed to reach out for help. One of the biggest obstacles I had to overcome was my reluctance to ask people for help. Perhaps it was the 13 years I spent at home with kids...

Career Transitions, General, General, Tech & Social Media, Success Stories, General, Contract & Consulting Work, General, Timing

Jim Coonan is currently the Technology Support Coordinator and Athletic Director at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake, Illinois. In honor of Father's Day, we asked Jim to share his relaunch story with us.

JK: What...


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