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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 6 162 "returning to work can be a real challenge" family matters ramping at a library talk last year, said Elise MacLennan, assistant director at the Wellesley Free Library. Those who have been out of the workforce for a while may be surprised at just how much job searching support and materials most libraries have to offer, MacLennan said. There are a variety of computer skills classes at the library, work- shops, and reference materials for job seekers. One example is "Optimal Resume," an automated resume-building tool that can help people get started. Wellesley residents can even access it online from home. Wellesley's library has hosted job searching support groups in the past, led by librarians or a member of the community. MacLennan said that during the last recession, a variety of such groups popped up in area churches and synagogues as well as at the library, but have folded since the job market has opened up. Kate Basch, Career Coach and Workforce Liaison at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, agreed that a proactive approach is key to success. So, too, is building a network. "Returning to work can be a real challenge," Basch said. "I would encourage anyone making this transition to share their plans with people in their community." Basch notes that many moms don't realize the network they already have within their communities. "Starting conversations with other parents about returning to work on the playground or dur- ing community functions can be a great first step in networking," she said. A mother of two who took time out from the workforce, Basch said she identifies with her older adult students who sometimes feel confused about what their return to work should look like. "Former occupations may no longer be appealing," she said. Values and needs can shift over time, and what had been a great career before children, may or may not still be a good fit going back. A key to building confidence is understanding and "owning" one's narrative in terms of career trajectory and personal choices. It may take a while to understand the direction, Basch said, but you don't have to be alone on this journey. Resumes need to be crafted to highlight recent accomplishments, even when they were not paid positions. Dorn encourages clients not to overlook accomplishment in the volunteer arena. Balancing a scout troop bank account, spearheading a church fundraising campaign, or coaching a sport all have merit, Dorn said. "Just because you didn't get paid for it, doesn't mean the work does- n't count," she said. Organizing a successful fundraising campaign demonstrates leadership and has benchmarks that can be put on a resume or discussed during a job interview. "The key is to believe in yourself and your abilities first," Dorn said, and then convince employers that you're the right candidate for the job. Building Support During the On-ramp Process There was a strong turnout when Dorn spoke about her book and on-

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