Featuring information and advice for relaunching your career
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3,2,1 iRelaunch" is focused on making your return to work smooth and successful.
With over two dozen episodes, you will not only hear from experts in the career re-entry space but you will also be taken on the back to work journeys of fellow relaunchers. Each episode is hosted by Carol Fishman Cohen, iRelaunch’s Chair and Co-Founder. Carol’s guests range from career coaches to relaunchers to corporate executives. As a relauncher herself, Carol gets down to business in each episode: there is no filler here. Carol makes sure that every episode is jam packed with highly relevant, specific, and action oriented tips, intel, and info from her guest. One of our listeners told us that she took over 6 pages of notes from just one episode!
So plug in, grab a notebook, and join us as we help you map your path back to work! By the way, we'll no longer be taking a break between podcast seasons. You'll be able to tune in to our podcast weekly, without interruption. Therefore, we've begun numbering our podcasts to reflect the the actual number of podcasts thus far. You haven't missed anything ... Season 3 Episode 12 comes right before Episode 39!
Episode 42: Valuing Your Personal and Professional Skills as a Technical Relauncher
"You don't unlearn what you already know!" Jane Pastoor, two-time relauncher and Sr. Manager for Systems Engineering at Raytheon, shares her relaunch story in this informative episode. Jane talks with Carol about what led to her career break (and her perception that it would mark the end of her technical career) and how a former co-worker reached out about returning. As Ambassador to Raytheon's "ReLaunch," Jane shares information about this new return to work opportunity.
Episode 41: A Deeper Dive into Interviews - Answering the Toughest Questions
The interview process has become more and more complex over time. Are you ready to answer even the toughest questions with confidence? In this podcast Carol speaks with Mary Beth Barrett-Newman, the founder and President of 2nd Career Consulting, a moderator on the iRelaunch Return to Work Forum private Facebook group, and frequent iRelaunch Return to Work Conference speaker about how you can prepare for the “next level” of interviews, including salary and compensation negotiations, behavioral interviews, case interviews and the three “questions” that are at the root of every good interview.
Episode 40: After a Career Break - Secrets to Re-entering the Workforce
Lesley Jane Seymour, former More magazine Editor In Chief and creator of CoveyClub.com, interviews Carol Fishman Cohen on the secrets to re-entering the workforce. Lesley and Carol discuss the growing number of re-entry internship programs and employers’ recognition of the high-caliber value of relaunchers. Carol offers the “two most important things you should do right away if you’re thinking of relaunching.” A rebroadcast from “Covey Cast.”
Episode 39: The 5 Critical Phases of Returning to Work
What are the 5 most important phases of your relaunch and how can you best break them down into actionable steps to ensure your success? Join iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen as Jill Kravetz, iRelaunch CEO talks to her about the foundation of the iRelaunch Return to Work Roadmap.
Episode 12: Optimizing LinkedIn Profiles, Networking, and Learning
Join Carol and Oliver Schinkten, LinkedIn Staff Author, Business, Education & eLearning for this informative episode detailing how relaunchers can best use all that LinkedIn offers. Whether it’s learning how to portray yourself in your Profile, using LinkedIn Learning resources to build your confidence and skills, expanding your networking opportunities, or maximizing the Newsfeed, Oliver and Carol explain how LinkedIn can help you send the message you want potential employers to see.
Episode 11: Transitions - Pursuing a Career You Love After a Career Break
If you’ve ever considered relaunching in a new career but feel discouraged by the lengthy training and interviewing path ahead, you’ll find this podcast with Diane Lindsey-Adler inspiring. A successful marketing professional with Revlon, Diane took a 7-year career break to raise her children. The serious food allergies her second child suffered with led Diane to independently study nutrition and how it affects the body. With the encouragement of her husband and friends, Diane turned her love and dedication to help her daughter into a successful new career path she loves.
Episode 10: Re-entering the Workforce as a Financial Planner
Recently retired from her position as Special Advisor on Gender Diversity for the Certified Financial Planner Board, Eleanor Blayney, a long-time advocate for women in financial planning, speaks with Carol about the role of Certified Financial Planners in providing 360-degree guidance in personal financial management. She and Carol discuss the “Financial Planner Re-entry Initiative,” a program developed by The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning in partnership with iRelaunch, that connects firms in the financial planning sector with experienced professionals seeking to reenter the workforce after a career break by establishing return-to-work internships. Tune in to hear how relaunchers can be particularly attractive candidates in this professional re-entry opportunity.
Episode 9: "Meet 100 People" - Networking with Confidence
In this episode, Carol speaks with Pat Hedley, author of “Meet 100 People: A How-to Guide to the Career and Life Edge Everyone's Missing.” A relauncher herself, Pat shares specific tips about the importance of being proactive and consistent about networking and how you can become more successful with a request for help. Inspired to write “Meet 100 People” when a relauncher friend credited Pat’s advice to reinvigorating her network and landing the job, this episode includes exact language on how to ask for help, guidance about using vulnerability to your advantage, and the single most important thing you can do to maintain the support of your contact.
Episode 8: "What I Wish I'd Known about Returning to Work after a Career Break"
Maureen Byrne, a Product Manager at MobileIron, relaunched after a 10-year career break raising her three children. Despite stellar credentials including a master’s degree in software engineering, work experience in the field prior to her career break, website development during her break, iOS development classes at Stanford, and Toastmasters training, Maureen candidly describes her initial return to work as a time filled with self-doubt and “fear of exposure.” Hear how Maureen learned to appreciate the perspective she gained from her career break, how it became a part of what she brings to the table as an employee, and how she “found her voice” after relaunching.
Note: Maureen was participant on the relauncher panel, “What I Wish I’d Known,” at the 2017 iRelaunch Return to Work Conference with the Stanford Alumni Association. She will be returning to the Conference in 2018 and will join other panelists for this highly anticipated discussion. For more information, click here.
Episode 7: Powerful Language and Its Effect When You’re Relaunching
How can relaunchers ensure they are making the best impression while networking, at a professional conference, and even in an interview? Today’s guest, Julie Holunga, executive coach and founder of Chinook Executive Solutions, asserts that relaunchers should be deliberate about the words they use – presenting themselves with confidence and thereby projecting confidence about themselves onto others. Noting mirror-neuron studies that suggest that our body language and vocabulary have a mirror effect on those with whom we interact, Julie provides numerous examples of weak vocabulary and replacement words that will help employers focus on what you are, not what you’re not.
Special Episode with Oliver Schinkten: Using LinkedIn to Upgrade Your Profile and Your Skills
In this special episode, Carol speaks with LinkedIn Instructor Oliver Schinkten. Author of more than 35 LinkedIn courses, Oliver remarks on how relaunchers can most effectively use the LinkedIn “Summary” section, suggestions for using the “Headline” strategically, and listing volunteer work. Oliver will be a speaker at the upcoming iRelaunch Return to Work Conference with the Stanford Alumni Association, May 1, 2018 at Stanford University. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more in his breakout session, “LinkedIn: Upgrade Your Profile and Your Skills.” For more information about the conference please click here.
Episode 6: Divorce and Relaunching Your Career
In this empowering episode, Carol talks to Liza Caldwell, co-founder and director of SAS for Women, an organization that provides divorce support and coaching for women who are considering, in the process of, or recovering from divorce. “Divorced and happily single” herself, Liza is trained in transformational coaching and is a certified professional coach (CPC) recognized by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Carol and Liza discuss divorce topics including the timing of a return to work, reinforcing your values and enhancing your sense of self-worth, and the importance of information gathering as a first step in designing an educated divorce strategy with the greatest integrity.
Episode 5: Maximize Your Efforts to Land the Job
How can women overcome their reluctance to let people know how talented they really are? What makes networking so hard, and what’s the simple way women can redefine this opportunity by using skills that come naturally? In this podcast, Wendy Sachs, author of Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers, speaks with Carol about how she turned to Silicon Valley to find out how relaunchers can develop a more entrepreneurial spirit when returning to their previous careers or pivoting into new ones. Wendy discusses embracing failure, networking, the difference between “branding and bragging” and how to maximize the effort you make in finding your next job.
Episode 4: The Tech Tools You Need to Go Back to Work
Are you intimidated by technologies that have come into prominence since you left the workplace? If so, you’re not alone. In this episode of 3, 2, 1, iRelaunch, Carol speaks with Jill Kravetz, special projects advisor to iRelaunch and our “go-to guru” on a variety of social media and technology questions. Jill shares the six tech tools of which everyone should have a basic understanding before starting a new job. She touches on social media, file sharing, team collaboration, personal productivity and advancement, company-specific tools, and ends with must-have workplace tools. By taking a small amount of time to understand these tools, you’ll return to work on a more equal footing with your peers.
Episode 3: Activating Change in Today's Workplace
Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient and Founder of The Girls’ Lounge built her career on a foundation of purpose and a passion for "driving change - and making the new, the new norm." In this episode, Carol speaks with Shelley about her pioneering work in migrating market research from a central location or telephone to the Internet, at a time when the medium was new and untested. Ten years later, Shelley sold that company, Online Testing Exchange (OTX) for $80 million. Her desire to "give back with generosity what I wish I had rising the ranks" then led her to create "The Female Quotient" and "The Girls' Lounge." Hear how Shelley is "committed to advancing equality in the workplace through collaboration, activating solutions for change and creating measurements for accountability" and how her passion and fearlessness can drive your return to work.
Episode 2: Relaunching in the Creative Arena
In this episode, Carol speaks with LeeAnn Dance, co-producer/director of “My Dear Children,” a documentary about one woman’s quest to learn more about her father’s past in Eastern Europe following World War I. A former CNN producer, LeeAnn took a 10-year career break and returned to work as a documentary film producer. LeeAnn explains her journey back to work including how her former career provided a foundation for her relaunch, her initial fear of learning new recording and editing technologies, doing some non-paid work to build her portfolio and a following, and finding a career that meets her and her family’s needs. LeeAnn also explains how the career break itself provided much-needed experience and perspective.
Episode 1: The STEM Re-entry Internship – A Benchmark for Success
Carol talks with Jen Scott, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and co-lead of the STEM Re-Entry Task Force. Since its inception in 2016 the STEM Re-entry Task Force has been a pipeline for more than 200 female technical professionals to return to the workforce. In this podcast, Carol and Jen discuss how the Task Force was initially conceived, its substantial growth over the past few years, how returning professionals can find out more about these programs, how to apply, and what to expect in these programs. Companies considering developing a re-entry internship will hear about how these internship programs are set up, the support from SWE and iRelaunch, and the nearly 90% average hiring rates after program completion.
Episode 11: The Best Relaunch Advice
We've compiled the best advice shared with us in interviews with business leaders, career experts and relaunchers over two seasons of podcasts. Enjoy! And thank you for listening.
Episode 10: Finding the Thing that Makes You "Sparkle"
Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Manisha Thakor, host of the MoneyZen podcast about her personal relaunch, how it led to the creation of iRelaunch and how she draws inspiration from her new career.
Episode 9: Understanding Your Rights: Interviewing and Working as a Relauncher
Learn how to be more effective and powerful in your next interview as
Tammy Marzigliano, a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, discusses the legal aspects of relaunching with Carol Fishman Cohen. Hear how to determine the difference between what's considered illegal conduct and what is just "bad business," how to use the right terminology to trigger legal protection, and discover the secret behind redirecting uncomfortable interview questions.
Episode 8: Reinventing and Resilience
From her job in Israel's Ben Gurion Airport Coordination Center to managing director at wealth management firm Boston Private (with a few stops and other careers in between), Susan Black understands the path of a relauncher. In this podcast she speaks with Carol Fishman Cohen about her circuitous pathway and discusses the three main drivers when contemplating a career reinvention.
Episode 7: Relaunching as an Entrepreneur
Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Alex Klemmer, co-founder of Cyclebar, an indoor cycling gym with franchised locations throughout the US and Canada. Alex talks about the challenges and rewards of relaunching her career as an entrepreneur.
Episode 6: Navigating the New Corporate Dress Code
Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Michaella Kurdziel, Director of Customer Experience at MM.LaFleur about how to "dress for success" in today's work world. Learn tips on how to scope out the dress code at a company before your first interview, how to "shop your closet" for timeless wardrobe staples and how to selectively rebuild a career wardrobe after years of wearing yoga pants and hoodies.
Episode 5: Attorneys on Career Break! Don't miss this Return to Work Program
Carol Fishman Cohen interviews Caren Ulrich Stacy, Founder & CEO, Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship. Learn about the OnRamp Fellowship, a program that matches returning women lawyers to law firms, legal departments, and banks for a 1 year paid fellowship. Hear the inside scoop on the program, as well as its history, growth, success and challenges.
Episode 4: Know Your Value: Comeback Careers
Sometimes, just telling your story can lead to a new career. For Ginny Brzezinski, that moment came when she texted her sister-in-law, "Morning Joe" co-anchor Mika Brzezinski, asking her to speak up for women wanting to return to work after a career break. Mika's reply? Let's write a book together. Now, after countless interviews with women in all stages of relaunch, Ginny and Mika are sharing these stories in "Know Your Value: Comeback Careers" (due for fall 2018 release). Learn about Ginny's personal relaunch story and the insights she's learned from these compelling relauncher interviews.
Episode 3: Re-entering the workforce with a Career in Technology
Carol Fishman Cohen talks with a pioneering technology relauncher, Dinny Sterns Taylor, retired CTO at Williams College. Dinny shares her career path, relaunch story, how she updated her skills, and some important advice for relaunchers.
Episode 2: Navigating Executive Search for Relaunchers
Carol Fishman Cohen interviews her iRelaunch Co-Founder and co-author of Back on the Career Track, Vivian Steir Rabin. Vivian now runs VSR Advisors, a retained executive search firm focused on commercial real estate and financial services. Vivian shares her relaunch story with us and helps us navigate the executive search/staffing/ recruiting landscape as relaunchers.
Episode 1: Carol Fishman Cohen Tells the iRelaunch Story
In the first episode of our second season, Matthew Temple, Director of Alumni Career and Professional Development at the Kellogg School of Management and an iRelaunch Advisory Board member, interviews Carol Fishman Cohen about the history of iRelaunch and its Return to Work Conference. From its early days following the publication of the book, Back on the Career Track, iRelaunch has grown to become the leader in career re-entry initiatives helping employers identify and recruit professionals looking to return to work after career breaks and helping those professionals gain the confidence and skills they need to be successful in today's workforce. Carol talks with Matthew about the value of the one-day Return to Work Conference as a way to bring employers and relaunchers together for inspiration, education and networking. The day is more than inspiration and motivation. Carol talks about the concrete tips and advice employers and career relaunch professionals share with relaunchers such as what to say when an interviewer asks about an employment gap.
Episode 14: Relauncher resumes that get you hired
In our final podcast episode for this season, iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with Tamara Dowling, resume-writing expert and Owner of SeekingSuccess.com about that killer resume that best positions you for the jobs you are interested in.
Episode 13: Ace the Job Interview as a Relauncher
Join us for tips and advice on how to bring your best performance to your job interviews with CEO of InterviewMastery.com, Michael Neece. Michael talks with iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen about a range of interview and prep techniques including how to describe paid and unpaid experience, how to prepare for that dreaded "tell me about a weakness" question, and best practices for following up.
Episode 12: Dealing with Relaunch Rejection
What's the best way to handle rejection when you are relaunching your career? Tips and advice from Carol Fishman Cohen, Chair and Co-Founder iRelaunch, and Valerie Cherneski, Founder Cherneski Coaching and iRelaunch Coach.
Episode 11: Getting the Most Out of Social Media for Relaunchers
iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen speaks with iRelaunch Coach Carroll Welch about social media tips for relaunchers. Figure out what the critical components are of a relauncher's LinkedIn profile, how to describe a career break and / or career transition, and how to get the most out of yours and prospective employers' social media feeds. https://soundcloud.com/irelaunch-llc/media-cfc-and-cw
Episode 10: Getting Your Family Involved in Your Relaunch
In this episode of 3,2,1 iRelaunch, Carol Fishman Cohen talks with Michelle Friedman, Founder of Advancing Women's Careers and Special Advisor to iRelaunch about how best to approach your relaunch plans with your family. Carol and Michelle explore both conceptual and practical ways to deal with some of the most common issues in returning to work for family life including household management, your partner's career goals, and dealing with the loss of time at home and with children. https://soundcloud.com/irelaunch-llc/getting-your-family-involved-with-your-relaunch
Episode 9: Career Transitions and Relaunching
Is going to back to your pre-career break profession always the best choice? Not always. Here is how to evaluate the best fit for you now as you relaunch your new career. Carol speaks with career coach Arjan Eenkema van Dijk.
Episode 8: Salary negotiation tips for relaunchers
Ensure you're getting what you're worth. Salary negotiation expert, Katie Donovan of Equal Pay Negotiations LLC, shares tips with iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen. Katie is a founding member of the MA Equal Pay Coalition and a co-president of the Massachusetts branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW). Katie and the MA Equal Pay Coalition were honored with the Be the Change Award at the 12th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women which was held on December 8, 2016. https://soundcloud.com/irelaunch-llc/kdonovan-v1
Episode 7: Don't talk yourself out of an opportunity
iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen speaks to successful relauncher Cheryl McGee Wallace about networking and maintaining the confidence you need to pursue return to work opportunities.
Episode 6: When Dad Returns to Work After a Career Break
How do relaunches differ (or do they?) when the traditional roles are reversed and the father takes the career break? Hear one father's relaunch journey as iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen interviews Dave Carty, father of three who took a 13-year career break to be home with his kids. He left an international business development role to go on career break and relaunched in a strategy role for a K-12 independent school.
Episode 5: What Can I Do During My Career Break To Maximize My Relaunch Success?
We are on career breaks for a reason - usually child care, eldercare or another reason of equal importance. However, as we prepare to relaunch, taking a course, engaging in volunteer work, or working occasionally on a paid special project can be great resume and conversation material. In this 4th episode of 3,2,1, iRelaunch, Carol Fishman Cohen talks with career coach Arjan Eenkema van Dijk about what you can do during your career break (whenever that timing is good for you) to prepare for your relaunch.
Episode 4: The Key Step You Cannot Skip to Relaunch Your Career Successfully
What's the most important step you can take when you're thinking about returning to work? It may not be what you think. Carol speaks with iRelaunch coach, Carroll Welch.
Episode 3: How Can I Regain My Confidence after My Career Break?
If you're feeling intimidated about getting out there and talking to potential employers, you're not alone. It is quite common for relaunchers to feel a lack of confidence. iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen interviews executive coach Valerie Cherneski about how to regain and project confidence while in the job search. Regain that fearless professional image!
Episode 2: Relaunching as an entrepreneur: from pad and paper to industry leader.
iRelaunch Chair and Co-Founder Carol Fishman Cohen interviews relauncher Mindy Diamond, Founder and CEO of Diamond Consultants. Carol and Mindy discuss the sometimes circuitous route to career passion and relaunching in a new career.
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