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If you're a stay-at-home mom considering going back to work, these are some of the questions that have likely come to mind. Returning to the workforce can be a daunting prospect. It requires reigniting old contacts (including those with coworkers once your junior), marketing yourself strategically, and building confidence-whether you've been out of the workforce for two, six, or fifteen years.
Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin understand, because they've been there. As Harvard MBAs who successfully relaunched their own careers after staying home full-time with their children, they know it can be done-with careful planning, strategizing, and creativity. Now, in BACK ON THE CAREER TRACK, they offer a prescriptive, seven-step program that includes:
· Assessing career options and updating job skills
· Networking and preparing for interviews
· Getting the family on board.
Packed with expert advice from career counselors and recruiters, and insightful stories from others who have been through the process, this book also offers an inside look at what employers and universities are doing to help relaunchers today-including how many businesses are recognizing them as valuable assets.
As frequent speakers to women's groups, professional schools, and corporations, Cohen and Rabin provide a thorough, unique program from two experts on the topic of career reentry. BACK ON THE CAREER TRACK is sure to become the classic guide in the field.
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"Cohen and Rabin have hit the nail on the head with this thorough, well-written, step-by-step relaunch guide for stay-at-home moms. Both Harvard MBA relaunchers themselves, they explore the role career plays in the quality of life for professional women by going beyond the mere dollars and cents. Readers are guided on their way with the "Re-launch Readiness Quiz" to help identify motivating factors and the "Job Building Block" exercise to explore new career directions. The increasing availability of flexible work options and the newfound interest of employers are presented. The trade-offs and downsides of working motherhood are also honestly explored, as are many inspirational stories of successful relaunchers, such as Sandra Day O'Connor. A listing of resources, recommended reading, and sample résumés are provided. One of only a few books for the millions of professional women/mothers who are not working for pay; highly recommended for public libraries."
--Library Journal (starred review)
"For those who have put "former" in front of their once-triumphant titles, there's BACK ON THE CAREER TRACK: A GUIDE FOR STAY-AT-HOME MOMS WHO WANT TO RETURN TO WORK. Onetime stop-outs and Harvard MBAs Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin offer a tasty, anecdote-filled field guide to getting back in. Cohen and Rabin masterfully reveal the ambivalence felt by women who can afford to drop out yet may be conflicted about doing so. The book offers lessons on how to de-stigmatize résumé gaps and get spouses and kids to buy in to the idea of a return to work. For those who say you can't go back, this book is the definitive rebuttal."
CAROL FISHMAN COHEN, a former investment banker, is now a consultant to women, organizations, and employers on the issue of career reentry. She lives in Newton, MA, with her husband and four children.
VIVIAN STEIR RABIN, a former finance and human resource professional, now runs her own executive search business. She lives in Clifton, NJ, with her husband and five children.
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