The 52 Weeks: Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery

Two weeks ago, I passed an art gallery on the way to a lunch date and, realizing I had some time to spare, I actually retraced my steps, entered the gallery, and browsed the collection.  Although the whole experience lasted only 15 minutes, it somehow made me feel like I could incorporate more “special time” into my life, and that feeling has remained with me ever since. 

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Vivian’s Take on the Judith Warner Article “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In”

Although I was intrigued by Judith Warner’s recent article revisiting the subjects of Lisa Belkin’s 2003 piece entitled “The Opt Out Revolution” and profiling additional women who had taken career breaks, I found it overly negative both about the choice to stay home with children and about the prospects for those who do “opt out” to return to earning money at some point in the future.

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Cover Letters & References After a Break

“I’ve been out of the workforce for several years,” a reader e-mailed me. "Should I address the gap on my resume in a cover letter? What about salary requirements? And what do I do about the fact that all my references are from 10+ years ago, besides the PTA president. (I’ve already told my 12-year-old that I’m not going to use her, even though she’s teaching me power point!)"

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A Positive Perspective Goes a Long Way

At this time of year, a little over seven years ago, I had just returned from a two-day seminar at my alma mater for women who were in transition—either leaving the workforce, attempting to reenter or seeking to downshift into a job with less hours and/or pressure. The majority of us were trying to re-enter and having a pretty difficult time of it. But just being with a roomful of smart women struggling with the same problem was inspirational, and I came home determined to make changes.

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Finding Your Dream (Part-Time) Job

People often ask me how to find meaningful part-time work, something other than bagging groceries, answering phones, selling clothes, or stuffing envelopes. Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet, but here are some surprisingly successful strategies."

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FAQs for Women Relaunchers

In past blogs I’ve written about resumes, cover letters and references for women returning to the workforce. But if you’re considering going back to work, you’ve probably got a host of other questions. Here are some of the most common:

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Economic Necessity: The Mother of Reentry Invention

I recently read comparisons between the current economic crisis and the tough times in 2000-2001. I couldn't help but think back to those years and the downturn we were feeling here in the Rabin household. Although not a technology or financial services company, my husband's employer at the time was closing its New Jersey office in a cost-cutting move and issued him the following ultimatum: either relocate to San Diego or else. With five children happily ensconced in local schools, and concerned about his employer's long-term viability, we jointly agreed to opt for the "or else" clause. And so began my husband's mad scramble to return to the practice of medicine, after four years in the pharmaceutical industry. And, more germane to this blog, so began my quest to return to the workforce.

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