9 Lives for Women Blog

10 Tips for Returning Professionals

May 4th, 2012

Many times I’ve been asked to speak to women’s groups about how to return to the workforce.  After focusing on this phenomenon for the last decade, I’ve got a list of 10 fail-proof tips. HERE GOES: BE READY TO TAKE THE PLUNGE…GET FAMILY BUY-IN:  Women itching to return to the work force underestimate the importance of having the…

Buy Stock in Your Life Portfolio

May 4th, 2012

Back in 2007 I filed away a New York Times special section on retirement.  Today I found it in an old file and read an article in that section, “Helping Chart a Career’s Turning Point”.  For all blog readers poised for reinvention, this caught my attention. The article mentions a book that sounds like a…

Get on the Fast Track to an Interview

May 3rd, 2012

Wondering why you aren’t being called for interviews?  Your cover letter could be the culprit. In tandem with your resume, a cover letter is a very important sales tool.  In this economy–or any economy—you need to actively and emphatically sell your fit for a job.  A resume alone does not do the trick. As quick…

Not 9, But 99 Lives

May 3rd, 2012

I’m always amazed when people succombe to retirement.  Shut down.  Play an occasional game of golf.  Read a few books.  Live through their children and grandchildren.  Stop learning, experiencing, venturing, wondering, challenging, accomplishing. Every day I see more and more examples that life can be lived to its fullest until you take your last breath. …

Glue that Book Dream to Your Heart

May 3rd, 2012

I’ve thought of writing a fiction book many times—and because a story has to grab me from the very start, I often jot down opening lines I think would create immediate interest and page-turning enthusiasm.  But that’s about as far as I get.  Those one-liners languish in various piles of paper because I’ve never had…

Find Flexibility in the Hours You Fly Solo

May 3rd, 2012

When it comes to flexibility, you have to be a bit of a pioneer.  Sure, it would be great if jobs came with a menu of possible work arrangements, but flexibility is still something that you  have to make happen—like it or not. It’s not that flexibility does not exist in today’s workplace.  It most…

GET YOUR BOSS TO SAY YES TO FLEX!