Ready for Re-entry
A large part of my career coaching practice involves working with women who are looking to transition back into the workplace. Many of these women (almost all of whom are moms) have been out of the workplace for quite some time--10 years or more in some cases.
By and large, these women are an extremely bright and talented group. They include former Wall Street executives, attorneys, marketing professionals and more. They have achieved wonderful things in their professional lives, but are typically terrified to dip their toes back into the job market because they believe that they are "unhirable" since they have been out of the workplace for so long.
What can such women do to get over this lack of confidence? Authors Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin offer terrific advice in their comprehensive book "Back on the Career Track."
The authors provide practical advice such as: keeping your skills up-to-date; knowing how to utilize social media which will help with job searches as well as the job once you land it (LinkedIn and Twitter are especially useful); learning any software programs that are the "go-to" ones for your field; and networking to reconnect with former colleagues. Lastly, set up informational interviews to get some insight into how the industry has evolved since you last worked in it.
Taking the first step is usually the hardest, but with the new year around the corner, it's a good time to resolve to do it.