Tuesday Open Thread: Update on Mom Who Took 4 Years Off Workforce

About a week ago, I posted a letter by a mom at Berkeley Parents Network who wanted to re-enter the workforce after a 4-year leave of absence. I thought I would publish the responses:

I have a PhD in molecular biology and recently returned to full-time work after having children (and love it). There are lots of opportunities out there that you don’t here about while working in the lab. Have you considered medical writing? Marketing at a bio tech company? Project management? Many of your graduate school skills really do transfer over.


I recommend Lisa Rothman as a great resume writer and a great career counselor. I have been job hunting for a while and was getting no response from anybody. I paid at least 3 “professional resume writer/career counselor” with no luck.
She was the first one who spent time with me to understand
my needs and goals. It was the first time I felt cared about my job hunting. I was also told “Your resume looks great“  at the interview I got! She helped me out with interview practices so I can represent myself well.  After all, I had the skill but I did not know how to articulate to “sell” myself. She is a mother herself and understands the struggles and challenges. You can check her out at her website. http://lisarothman.com


I saw Lisa Rothman recommended in the Berkeley Parents Network and suggested that my sister who lives in Canada hire her to polish her resume and personal essay for a government agency job. Lisa is great! She was very responsive – as soon as my sister contacted her, they started working. My sister had very tight deadline and they worked over the weekend.  My sister was also in a different time zone and Lisa was very accommodating with the time schedule for their phone calls. Although my sister did not get a job – as it was one of those where 500 people were applying for the position — she is confident that she has a good resume and essay. Lisa also followed up with her after the application was submitted and my sister is still in contact with her and will work with her again. Her website is www.lisarothman.com.

An updated resume and other jobs, in which skills are transferrable, seem like sound advice. What do you think?

This is an open thread of course, so chat away!


Tuesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

First, a good Disney rant. Out of nostalgia, my husband recently ordered the kids a few Disney movies from the 1990s: A Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. I did not know this, but Disney releases its classics every so often to maintain their value, so the movies can be hard to find. We ordered the movies from different vendors online, and so far, have only received A Little Mermaid.

Anyways, after all these years, my husband and I — and now the kids! — love A Little Mermaid. We watched it at least two times this weekend and sang along. Then DH and I got into a discussion on what the hell happened to Disney. They used to make such great movies and if it weren’t for Pixar their animated films would suck. Then the credits of A Little Mermaid started rolling and I realized I did not recognize a single name from the credits. Back then, they had no big-name celebrities doing the acting — just really kick-ass singers, and of course, catchy tunes. This is just an observation…What do you all think?

In case you missed it, Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha died yesterday after complications from gall bladder surgery, according to the Associated Press. He was 77.

Newsweek ran a good story on how young people are most likely than any other group to be uninsured and most likely to support healthcare reform. If the Dems don’t deliver on their campaign promise to insure them, they may not show up to the polls in November. Also from Newsweek: Anna Quindlen — I love her! — wrote some great food for thought in an article about protesting teabaggers and President Barack Obama. I especially appreciated her succinctness in describing the contradictory nature of the American electorate:

Over and over again some Americans say they want lower taxes and smaller government. Yet somehow, in a recurrent bit of magical thinking, they also expect those things that taxes are used to pay for and that government delivers. The result is contradictory: vote down the school-board budget, then complain that Johnny can’t read.

Another political buzzword, “productivity,” has come to stand for the proposition that you can always do more with less. There’s little evidence that that’s accurate. And it’s hard to believe that even the most zealous tea-party types would shrug philosophically if a bunch of kids died of E. coli because we hadn’t hired enough food inspectors. The old dictum stands: you get what you pay for.

MSN Careers doled out advice on what not to include in a resume.

Here is more on the children who were temporarily in the care of Baptist missionaries now in detention, according to the Associated Press.

Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell, who was responsible for the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, has changed his position, according to the Washington Post. He said that attitudes towards gays and lesbians have changed so they should be allowed to serve openly.

Here is a disturbing story out of India. India has one of the highest suicide rates in the world and about 40 percent are adolescents, according to CNN. The culprit? Academic pressure.

Damn, these are some good genes. Juana Rodriguez, of Havana, Cuba, turned 125 years old today, according to the Agence France-Presse. (The article is in Spanish.) She has six grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Can you imagine??

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?