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    • 15 Aug 2017
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    JOBS: Transport for London Returners Programme

    Transport for London doesn’t believe that a career gap should be a barrier to ongoing development and progression. They value the skills and experience you have developed during your career break and their Smart Sourcing programme will support you back into work at the right level. You’ll have the opportunity to refresh your technical skills and continuing professional development, while working on exciting...
    • 13 Aug 2017
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    EQ, where the personal meets the professional

    If IQ is all about knowledge, EQ is all about self-knowledge. Emotional intelligence – EI, or EQ (“emotional quotient” as opposed to IQ, “intelligence quotient”) – I prefer EQ - is an increasingly important quality that companies are looking for in employees. However, it is also something employees are looking for in employers, customers are looking for in companies, mentees are looking...
    • 7 Aug 2017
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    Why you should never say "I'll do anything" to an employer

    BY Carol Fishman Cohen Early on, before my company iRelaunch got good at providing training to relaunchers about what to say and what not to say when interacting with employers, employers reported a common refrain among the job seekers was “I’ll do anything.” Candidates blurt out these words in an effort to appear flexible and easy to place. They don’t realize that, with this simple phrase, they...
    • 6 Aug 2017
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    Wellbeing hacks – be better for less

    Wellbeing isn’t just for weekends, it’s for life. Everyone agrees these days that our health is something we are each individually responsible for, and can’t be taken for granted. The miracle pills and treatments we used to pop with confidence are all increasingly under the microscope and the focus is on prevention, not cure. To this end, health, fitness and overall wellbeing are all hot topics. These...
    • 31 Jul 2017
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    JOBS: Barclays Returnship Opportunity

    Welcome back. Barclays is ready when you are If you’re thinking of returning to work, they’ve got everything ready for you Barclays is ready to launch Encore – a 12 week paid programme in which you’ll work on a live project, matched to your capabilities, experience and talent, with the opportunity for it to then become a permanent position. Barclays is ready to help you choose from a wide...
    • 30 Jul 2017
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    Networking – you have nothing to lose!

    Don’t like talking about yourself? It pays to listen… Are you one of those people who dread a networking event? All those awkward introductions, juggling a plate of food and a glass of warm white wine, faking enthusiasm, avoiding your ex-boss or worse, your ex. Or are you one of those social butterflies who like nothing more than slapping on a name badge, working a room and making new connections? Or are...
    • 23 Jul 2017
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    Mentors – who, why, where and how often?

    Everyone can use a mentor - and some of us may even be mentor material! There has been a lot of talk about mentors recently. The word is now in everyday parlance as mentors feature in most reality shows from X-Factor to The Apprentice. Traditional mentoring consists of identifying someone in your sphere of work more experienced than you who is happy to meet with you periodically to discuss your development in a chosen...
    • 17 Jul 2017
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    5 Summer To Do's for Your Autumn Relaunch

    By Mary Beth Barrett-Newman 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 things you can do to jumpstart an autumn relaunch without ruining your summer fun. Start planting seeds – Use those block parties and barbeques to begin...
    • 16 Jul 2017
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    Updating your CV? Look at what’s new in CV land

    A well-written curriculum vitae (“CV”) – Latin, meaning “course of one's life” - could change the course of your life! This week I am looking at the curriculum vitae (“CV”) or résumé – the story of you - and how this selling tool can get you further along the recruitment journey. Today's recruitment websites now provide lots of guidance on the world...
    • 10 Jul 2017
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    5 Reasons People Take a Pay Cut when Relaunching Careers

    By Carol Fishman Cohen 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 intentionality behind decisions to take a lower compensated role. After years of working with thousands of “relaunchers,” we have found the reasons...
    • 9 Jul 2017
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    Job interviews - take control of the process

    Selling yourself at interview is a challenge to us all – you just need a little practice! I heard a great anecdote recently – it could even be an urban myth (unless you recognise it as your own experience)? The story goes that a candidate for a job in banking was asked at interview if she has any weaknesses, to which she answered “Cream cakes”. She got the job. It’s not impossible that...
    • 6 Jul 2017
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    Returners are not like other new joiners

    July 2017: Employers need to understand and support the needs of those who are returning to work if they want to benefit from the experience and maturity of this untapped pool of talent, says executive coach Geraldine Gallacher. Returnships are enjoying a moment in the media spotlight as the number of employers wanting to tap into the pool of returner talent grows. This includes professional women and, increasingly...
    • 2 Jul 2017
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    Volunteering on a career break – you live and learn

    Give something back, or pay it forward – either way, a good deed is its own reward! Last week I looked at travelling on a career break, “just” to see the world. Those who have taken a gap year or similar have often combined this with voluntary work, which is a great way of experiencing a country as the locals experience it, rather than as a tourist. There are many organisations these days connecting...
    • 25 Jun 2017
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    Travelling on your career break – The Great Escape?

    Swap making money for making memories! When a vacation just isn’t enough … If you are on a career break now, or have ever taken one, you will know that they come in all shapes and sizes. They can be planned or unforeseen, long or short, at home or abroad. They may even include some paid work, either outside of your core career, or as a means to end, for example, working your way round the world. In my series...
    • 19 Jun 2017
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    JP Morgan employee sues firms '1950s' paternity leave policy

    Rianna Fulham Whilst society is transcending traditional gender roles, with childcare leaning towards a more flexible and shared caring model, workplaces aren’t moving in tandem with modern attitudes. Often, women are considered the primary caregiver, whilst fathers face a penalty for wanting to take a more active role when it comes to childcare or are subject to company policies, resembling ‘1950s’...
    • 18 Jun 2017
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    Personal development – be the change you want to see in the world

    Take the time to invest in your human capital, and keep your stock riding high. Taking time out gives you an ideal opportunity to take stock and do all those things companies do when they write a business plan – identify your values, assess your strengths and address your development points. Personal development encourages the individual to develop self awareness so that they can work on their talents and skills...
    • 11 Jun 2017
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    Returnships - Back to the Future?

    Here's week 6 of my LinkedIn blog - enjoy, and comment below if you have a returnship experience to share! Returning from a career break? Bring your career back to life with a returnship... This week I have been looking at the so-called “returnships” some companies are putting in place to help ca reer breakers to get back into the workplace after a leave of absence. The word returnship was coined...
    • 9 Jun 2017
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    The 4 most effective job searching tips that no one tells you

    By Kendell Brown Are you on a career break and thinking about going back to work? Or, maybe you’re contemplating changing your career field entirely. The job search process can be daunting, but following are four “secret” tips to help you get back to work with a job you love. Your resume and LinkedIn profile are only 20% of the job search equation. When it comes to job searching, it seems as...
    • 4 Jun 2017
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    Retirement – time to work at living, instead of living at work

    Here's week 5 of my LinkedIn blog - enjoy, and comment below if you have an inspiring retirement planning story to tell! Have you done your non-financial planning for the future? Maybe it’s just me, surrounded by “fiftysomething” friends and family, but retirement appears to be a hot topic these days. We are living longer, Brexit is bringing ex-pat pensioners back to the UK, and there is endless...
    • 31 May 2017
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    Discovering your confident self

    Hello again! We had a great start to our comeback community events on 15 May at Chartered Accountants Hall. We kicked things off by exploring what we are good at; our strengths. We also thought about our goals in returning to work - and what a successful 2017 will look and feel like. Thanks to all who attended and got stuck in with enthusiasm and energy. In this series of blogs and in the events, I’m talking about...
    • 31 May 2017
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    School's out - but never for long

    Here's week 4 of my blog, and we are now all caught up! Weekly posts from now on at the weekend, here and on LinkedIn . If you are spending time learning on your career break, let me know what course you chose and why, and how it is going. Have you got the hang of lifelong learning yet? It can take a lifetime... #lifelonglearning Many of you have commented that the scary thing about a career break is what it might...
    • 28 May 2017
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    Portfolio careers – pick and mix

    Here's Week 3's blog - feel free to check it out here or on LinkedIn, and please comment, as I am interested to find out what other people are doing with their career break. Have you checked the grass on the other side of the fence yet? This week I have been looking at the so-called “portfolio career”. (I've also been checking out LinkedIn's tips on posting articles, so you should see...
    • 25 May 2017
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    Is a Returnship right for me?

    We are partnering with a variety of organisations in different sectors to deliver returnship programmes yet this is only one route back to the workplace and not necessarily right for everyone. If you are unsure whether this is the right route for you, please check out our recent blog which will help you to determine if this is the right route back in for you.... http://blog.womenreturners.com/2017/05/is-returnship-right...
    • 24 May 2017
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    Jobs: Virgin Media Flexible Returners' Scheme

    Get back in the game with Virgin Media If you’ve taken a couple of years out from your career, the idea of going back to work might be like Sunday night dread times a thousand! But if you’re ready to jump in again, Virgin Media has just the ticket. Their new 6-month returners’ scheme eases highly qualified people back into work after 2 or more years off – with clear paths to senior roles, a...
    • 24 May 2017
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    Flexible working - Mission Possible!

    Here's Week 2's blog - feel free to check it out here or on LinkedIn, and please comment, as I am interested to find out what other people are doing with their career break. You've checked your bank balance, now check your work/life balance... Flexible working - Mission Possible! Thanks for reading my last article, and for tuning in again this week, where my topic this time is flexible working. I am...