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!