Returning to Work Without a Formal RTW Program

Jennifer Cupp proved it is possible—and (even better) her “how to” plan is replicable. 

Jennifer relaunched in Pittsburgh five years ago. Formal return to work programs are still a novelty in Pittsburgh.  Back then they didn’t exist. Her career break proved to be a major obstacle to relaunching her career; her excellent education and 10+ years of experience “didn’t automatically open doors,” she says.  

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5 Reasons Why Homemade Soup is a Relauncher’s Best Friend

No worries! As the leaves turn bright and the nights grow crisp, here are 5 reasons why homemade soup can become your best friend:

You can make soup on the weekend and eat it all week.  Last Sunday, while the rest of the household was watching football, I threw onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and lentils into a pot with water and broth.  45 minutes later, I had a huge pot of steaming soup (and dinner we could nosh on all week), and I still saw most of the game with my family.

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5 Tips for Retiring ... and Returning to Work!

After leaving my corporate VP of Sales position in my 50th year, I stayed home with my kids for eight years. When I left my corporate job, I was retiring; I had worked nearly 30 years. After my youngest went to college, I unexpectedly found I wanted to return to the corporate world—I missed working and was looking for a new challenge. But at age 58 (and with a career break) big corporations were not interested. One manager said, “She doesn’t have enough corporate experience.”

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iRelaunch Team Spotlight: Anne Zacharias

Greetings! I am Anne Zacharias, Business Development Consultant for iRelaunch and the newest member of the iRelaunch team. I became excited about iRelaunch when a friend of mine told me about this amazing company that connects people returning to work after a career break with companies that want to hire them. I engaged Carol Fishman Cohen in a conversation, during which she and I talked about workforce shortages and re-development initiatives. The rest is history!

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