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Dorn recognizes that career paths for women today are on a con- tinuum based on individual wants and desires. Men struggle with these issues as well, of course, but Dorn focuses her guide on the unique set of difficulties that moms face. "There can be a certain lack of confidence that arises over time," Dorn said, regardless of whether a mom has been out of the workforce for 18 months or 18 years. "There can be the feeling of no longer hav- ing what it takes." One of the first steps she suggests is to build a support system that includes using both family and friends for personal encouragement, as well as having a professional network that can move the process for- ward and open new doors of opportunity. This network could include contacts from volunteer organizations, community relationships, alumni associations, and former work colleagues. She points out that the technology used in today's workplace may have changed since a woman was last employed. Research what's being used in your field now, Dorn advises, and take whatever training is needed to master it. "You need to convince potential employers that you have the skills to do the job," she said. She also said to get current in licensure. Whenever possible, Dorn recommends keeping up one's certifications and attending profes- sional organization meetings at least once a year to stay abreast of one's industry. This is true for those who intend to remain at home indefinitely or those who know that returning to work will happen at some point. Dorn acknowledges that there is a big difference in choosing to go back to work and having to go back to work because of financial need or change in circumstances such as divorce, or death or long-term unemployment of a spouse. When it's the latter, the need to earn an income sooner will accelerate the pace of one's on-ramping process, but the core issues still hold true. Her workbook touches on the vari- ous stages an "on-ramper" typically will need to work through: n IDENTIFYING skills and strengths n LEVERAGING at-home time and making your resume current n GROWING your network and creating an on-ramp team n USING and getting the most out of today's job-hunting tools n DEVELOPING a roadmap to your optimum work-life scenario No matter how well prepared the candidate, Dorn said there are often still some very real, albeit subtle, roadblocks put up by employers. "There can be palpable skepticism about a mom who wishes to reenter the workforce after a career break," Dorn said. This can take the form of quizzical reviews of resume gaps to inappropriate — and sometimes even illegal — questioning about one's family situation. 160 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 family matters "open new doors" Self-coach: What Are Your Innate Talents? We often fail to recognize our natural talents or take them for granted. Often you are so good at something that you hardly notice your accomplishments. What are your natural gifts? Consider the following prompts. Write down as many responses to each as you can think of. Do not over-think and do not self-edit. The trick is to uncover your talents without trying to limit them to those that appear to be "work-worthy." n What tasks come easily to you? n What tasks do you consider not work but fun? n What are you known for? n What have others said you were good at? n In what area of your life do good things tend to happen? n What life achievements or accomplishments have made you free. Reprinted with permission from On-Ramp: Everymom's Guide™ to Going Back to Work, Glow Books, Boston, 2015. K L A U S T I E D G E / C O R B I S

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