Taking a break from work to have a child can be a mixed bag of emotions for most women. On one hand, having a baby is an exciting time for anyone. But taking a significant amount of time off from work can be worrisome. Will your job be there when you are ready to return? If not, will you be able to find a new job with a gap in your resume? How will you strike a balance between being productive at work and caring for your family? Will you be able to contribute at work in the same way as before? While the process is never easy, the WBW returnees we talked to told us there are some things you can do to master the art of balancing a successful career and life at home as a mom.
The purpose of Women Back to Work (WBW) is to create systemic pathways for the re-entry of women into the workplace.
Last week, in line with our purpose, WBW took a group of returnees to the Evanta CIO Executive Summit at San Francisco. Evanta, a Gartner company, fosters leadership development and collaborative exchange among top C-level executives through their world-class leadership and networking events – CIO Executive Summit being one of them.
Whatever the economic climate happens to be, landing a new job is always challenging, especially if you are a woman returning to the workforce after a hiatus. Searching through job openings, competing against currently employed candidates, and preparing for interviews can feel overwhelming. And you know it’s the same thing that everyone else is doing. So what can you do that will give you an advantage? Something that other job seekers aren’t likely to be doing? How do you give yourself a leg-up in your job search?
We often forget how pervasive social media is. The first thing many of us do when we wake in the morning is check our phones for messages or calls. We then move on to our social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Social media is so seamlessly integrated into our lives that we rarely notice how many times a day we check our accounts. Statistics show that the average person spends close to 135 minutes on social media every day, and cumulatively, a whopping five years of their lives! That’s a lot!
At Women Back to Work, we encounter hundreds of women, all with their unique story and set of experiences. We are incredibly fortunate to be in the position to help and make an impact on the lives of the women with whom we cross paths; and when we have a success story, we celebrate it! Read below about one such story- Chinmayi Vembar- who found WBW in 2017…
So, you’ve made up your mind to look for new job after a break of 1 year, 2 years, 5 years... whatever the case may be. Maybe your child has outgrown their terrible twos and is now, thankfully, ready to go to school. Or your duties of taking care of an ailing loved one are no longer needed and you are ready to get back into the workforce.
When it comes to resume writing, the format of your resume matters as much as the content. Your resume is the first face you put before a potential employer, and you need to make sure it makes a great first impression. Your resume should be able to accurately convey your skills, experience, education and accolades. So, what’s so important about format?
Will a certification help compensate for a career hiatus? Is it something to highlight during a job interview? Do MOOC's (Massive Online Open Courses) offer any tangible benefit to my job search? These are just some of the questions we frequently hear during our weekly PowerHour for Women Back to Work.
Last week, a group of 50 amazing women walked into the Equinix Headquarters, ready to take control of their careers. Among them was a Data Analyst who loves Pilates, a Program Manager retired from the United States Air Force, a Senior Business Analyst who empowers women refugees from Afghanistan, an iOS Engineer who volunteers for 'Humane Eating'. These 50 women are part of a unique, underserved talent pool who are changing the way Equinix finds and hires technical talent.
Akraya has been leading the 'Women Back to Work' initiative for several years. Every once in a while I receive a note such as the one below that reminds me and my team on why we do this.
"Thank you is not enough for the wonderful opportunity to let me participate in the Equinix Women Back to Work event. I have been excited from the day I received the invite...