Likability Trumps Knowledge – Informational Interviews Pt.2

Comeback Girl Questioning

In the second part of my series on informational interviews (see part one), we focus on the questioning. Remember, you are not directly applying for jobs in this type of meeting, instead simply spending time connecting with someone in your chosen field. Like all good networking, it should be fun and not loaded with an […]

The Power Move You Can Make Today – The Informational Interview

Comeback Girl Informational Interview

The one power move that you can do today, if you are not even sure if you want to go back to work or not, is an informational interview. These informal meetings are fabulous for reconnecting with colleagues and building new relationships with professionals in your field. They are just so wonderful for honing what […]

Keeping Hope in the Job Market in 2020

Keeping hope in the job market in 2020 seems challenging to say the least at the moment. Remember the first weeks of lockdown? With sourdough recipes, online language courses, mastering the “mute” button (or not), school-aged parents became self-styled teachers of the nation curriculum. We rose to the challenge, thinking that it would all be […]

Tune Up Your Network pt.2 – Make Friends with Facebook

Statistically returners get jobs from contacts – from their network. Anecdotally, my last two podcast guests have got their most recent jobs in the same way. Jess Spiring (exclusive to blog subscribers this week – join my mailing list for posts straight to your inbox, exclusive podcasts and more) via her inbox. She got the […]

Tune Up Your Professional Network

Comeback Girl Sunlounger

Tune Up Your Professional Network – From the Sunlounger If you’ve got a bit of space over the summer why not think about freshening up your network. We are creatures who need community and connection. For the returner, the stats are overwhelming. You’re far more likely to get a job from someone you know than […]

Make Words Work for You Pt. 2 – At Work

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22.3″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.22.5″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”] Remember your favourite teacher? Chances are they were your favourite because they spoke great life-giving words into your life. Did you ever see Hilary Swank as devoted teacher Erin Grewal in Freedom Writers? She told one of […]

Podcast #15 Sarah Bearpark – Her Return to Work in STEM

Sarah is a chartered civil engineer and mother of three amongst many other things. She started her career working for Mott MacDonald, an international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy. After two maternity leaves, upon returning to work part-time, she felt very differently. The demands at home had increased significantly, the work offered less satisfying. A return to work in […]