Not So Elusive After All: 5 Tips To Find Flexible Work

June 8th, 2017

Work flexibility can seem like a fairytale—with a happy ending for only a lucky few. It really does exist in large scale ways at some big, progressive companies. It can also be found in smaller-scale, sometimes under-the-radar ways at many companies of every other size. This is a note I received from one woman who feels…

How to Network Far Beyond Your Comfort Zone

April 18th, 2017

As Jane (a 56-year-old woman from California navigating her way back to the workforce) realized that she needed to network far out of her comfort zone, she asked me this question:“I have connections at organizations where I would love to work—but they are either people I am not close to or feel uncomfortable approaching. Call it…

Finding Flexible Work: No Longer A Needle in a Haystack

April 7th, 2017

I just don’t buy the fact that thousands of women are desperate to break the glass ceiling. In the last 15 years of working with women, I’ve met very few of these high-flyers. I’ve met lots of MBAs who became mothers and then ran away from inflexible employers. I’ve met lots of young women gung-ho…

Your Own Business Would Be Flexible, But Are You Type E?

March 13th, 2017

There’s Type A, and I’ve coined a Type E.  Type As are not necessarily Type Es, and a very small percentage of humans are in the Type E category. So what’s Type E?  It’s the Entrepreneur type—and an alluring prospect for women who feel that there could be no greater flexibility than being your own boss….

When Work Works: Think Long-Term and Go With the Flow

September 8th, 2016

Lynn, a professional woman in Minnesota, read a post on Linked that mentioned the book I have underway, The Flexible Work Fix: A Caring Woman’s Guide to Blending Family, Work & Financial Security. She then posted this comment that shows both the challenges and rewards of going with the flow and trying hard to always find a…

Don’t Rent…Buy-In to a Professional Career

September 18th, 2015

When it comes to your career are you a buyer or a renter? Over a lifetime—both in and out of the workforce—it’s important to buy-in to a professional portfolio that builds on your core skills and experience. This doesn’t mean that you pursue a relentless, hard-driving career or “lean in” to every high-powered opportunity. You can…

Jane’s Journey Back to Work: How to Make Networking Conversations Count

September 9th, 2015

In this early stage of Jane’s job search, she has witnessed the power of Linkedin. To up her chances of having a few online job applications noticed, she has contacted several first and second-degree connections who have in turn contacted influential insiders on her behalf. She has also found “ins” to companies that are on…

Jane’s Journey Back to Work: The Cover Letter Sells Your Fit for the Job

September 1st, 2015

While Jane (the 56-year-old California woman navigating her way back to full-time work) has been laying the foundation for her job search, she tells me she can’t help but apply to some interesting jobs that she sees online. That’s OK, as long as she focuses only 5% of her job search time in what is all…

Jane’s Journey Back to Work: How to Network Your Foot in the Door

September 1st, 2015

Jane (the 56-year-old woman navigating her way back to work) is just about ready with all her job search sales tools (primarily her resume and Linkedin profile), and she is researching companies that she’d like to target. This is when the job search must become very proactive—you can’t wait around for desirable job postings to…

Jane’s Journey Back to Work: Permission to “Brag” in Your Resume Summary Statement

August 25th, 2015

Many years ago I met an “executive coach to the stars” who had a long list of clients in the C-suite. One of her clients was between big jobs and needed to refine the summary statement on her resume. Many weeks later that same woman who had been the CEO of two big company…