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Designing Your Life

I’m reading a book that’s so worthwhile and relevant for women returning to work that I have to share it with you. Designing Your Life: How To Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Stanford professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is about applying...
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Lessons From Sheryl Sandberg

Last week I had the opportunity to hear Sheryl Sandburg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, speak in Durham with Adam Grant and Shane Battier.  Adam Grant is a professor at Wharton and wrote Originals, which is a good read...
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Resources for Women Returning to Work

Whether we’re ready to return to work immediately or just starting to think ahead, identifying different kinds of resources before we need them can have a calming effect.  Here are a few that I have found to be advantageous – Community college...
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Dressing For Success: Tips for Savvy Women

We suggest that you dress for the conference as if you were going to an interview – use it as a practice run so that when you do have an interview you aren’t suiting up for the first time in a long...
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FAQ: Back to Business Women’s Conference

Some of you may have some questions about the Back to Business Women’s Conference, so we’ve put together a Frequently Asked Questions guide to address some of them.  Read on to see the answers to these FAQs: What is the Back to...
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Building A Great Resume

There’s no shortage of advice on the internet for job-seekers when it comes to resumes. But women returning to work after a career gap have a special situation: You’ve been very busy while out of the paid workforce but don’t necessarily have...
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Re-starting Your Career After a Break

Dear 25-year old Self:   You’re just a few years into what will hopefully be a long and fulfilling career.  I know you’re not thinking about how you’ll juggle career and family when the time comes, and that’s exactly why I’d like...
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Our Photo Sponsors Know How Important This Is!

Candid shots and family pictures may get plenty of online ‘likes’ and ‘shares’. But for job-seekers, a professional photo is a must-have!   The Back to Business Women’s Conference is pleased to announce reacHIRE and RTP Resumes are the photo sponsors at...
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Back to School = Time for You!

As the summer winds down, I always experience a funny mix of emotions. I’m happy to see our children progressing into the next grade in school but a little sad by how quickly time is passing and how fast they are growing...
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A Tale of Two Job Searches

Let’s face it: It’s hard to get much of anything done in the summer!  With kids home and a long stretch of time in front of us, there just isn’t much urgency to be productive.  For some reason, it’s easier for me...
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You 2.0 – Your Brand Matters!

As a woman re-entering the workforce, you have a unique opportunity to start over in a career that may be different from the one you left behind when you were last working. This makes your “brand” all the more important because you...
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They Did It And You Can Too: Interview With Relaunchers

Today’s blog is special because it features Q&A with Beth, Stefani and Kathleen, three successful relaunchers who attended the Back to Business Women’s Conference in 2015 and started new jobs shortly thereafter.  Each of these awesome women worked hard at their job...
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7 Tips For Pulling Off A Career Change

Career switching is a common occurrence for women re-entering the workforce.  You’ve probably heard the statistic that the average working person will have 7 different careers in their lifetime.  Women often make a conscious decision to return to the workforce in a...
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Your Elevator Pitch Needs These 5 Elements

It’s hard to underestimate the value of a good elevator pitch.  Having a clear, concise statement of who you are and what you’re looking for is key to job search success.  So why do they call it an elevator pitch?  Because it’s...
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How to Conduct a Successful Informational Interview

You’ve heard of the informational interview, but have you done one recently? These are a great way to accelerate your job search so I’m going to walk you through how to conduct a successful informational interview from start to finish. Check out...
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LinkedIn Tips: Get Your Profile Up and Running

You Simply Must Be “LinkedIn” – Tips to Start Off Right Whether you are re-launching your career, making a career change or bringing in more business for your own venture, you simply must be “LinkedIn” these days. Here are some tips to...
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Building a Great Resume

There’s no shortage of advice on the internet for job-seekers when it comes to resumes. But women returning to work after a career gap have a special situation: You’ve been very busy while out of the paid workforce but don’t necessarily have...
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Updating Your Job Skills

The kids are back at school and now you can turn your attention inward and start focusing on that job search. Updating our resumes means a solid review of our skills – determining which relevant skills we already possess and which require...
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My Back to Work Story

Two weeks ago I officially joined the ranks of the career re-launchers. After working a flexible, part-time schedule for the past 13 years so I could spend most of my time with our four young children, I started a full-time position. And...
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