Re-enter the Workforce

There are many reasons for a gap in employment, such as raising a family, attending graduate school, caring for a loved one, volunteering, pursuing an entrepreneurial adventure, and more. Here is a list of helpful articles for those who have taken a hiatus from the workforce and are now looking to return:

How to Return to the Workforce in This Economy – Returning to the workforce after taking time off to raise children? US News and World Report's Money: On Careers offers some practical advice.

Job Hunting After a Medical Absence: A Delicate Balance – How do you explain an employment gap due to extended illness (or time caring for a loved one) to a hiring manager? This Monster article by John Rossheim sheds some light on a delicate issue.

How to Overcome Your Employment Gap – Concerned about getting back in the workforce after time away? These 10 tips can help energize your search.

Workforce Re-entry Strategies for Sequencing Mothers – Experts offer tips for keeping yourself marketable during your planned downshift and getting back in gear after your hiatus.

Women Returning to Work – Many women in high-powered careers left their jobs for extended periods to take care of their children and now many are trying to get their foot back in the office door. But gaps in their resumes and a workplace that has changed dramatically are making it difficult. Listen to this PBS/WBUR radio broadcast.

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Strategies for Re-entering the Workforce with Pamela Weinberg '87

Have you been out of the workforce for some time and are planning to get back in? Are you feeling overwhelmed about how to start, especially in this difficult economy? Does your professional brand need an update or a makeover?

In this hour-long archived webinar, Brandeis alum Pamela Weinberg '87, career coach and personal branding strategist, shares specific tips on how to begin this process.

If you have any resources to add that you have found helpful, please contact Alexandra Anweiler Stephens, associate director of alumni career programs and engagement.