Su­per­charge your ca­reer

Rein­vent, rein­vig­o­rate and re­boot your ca­reer with these ex­pert tips and tricks

Red - - CONTENTS - Words CYAN TU­RAN Pho­to­graph LUKE J AL­BERT There­turn­; Women­re­turn­

Re­boot your work life with these tips from the ex­perts


“Women are the largest un­tapped reser­voir of tal­ent in the world,” Hil­lary Clin­ton once said. In 2017, her words still ring true – it’s de­press­ing to see a gen­der gap at a se­nior level of many large com­pa­nies, es­pe­cially since so many tal­ented women want to re­turn to work af­ter ca­reer breaks.

But it’s not all doom and gloom – Do­minie Moss, founder of The Re­turn Hub, is on a mis­sion to turn the tide. Af­ter spot­ting that many big com­pa­nies want to plug the gen­der gap at mid and se­nior lev­els, she de­cided to do some­thing about it. “Most of the time they don’t know where to look for fe­male em­ploy­ees with tal­ent, ex­pe­ri­ence, and a de­sire to re­turn to work,” she ex­plains. With 15 years of head­hunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Moss knows those women are out there, and the num­bers back her up: PWC found that 427,000 fe­male pro­fes­sion­als cur­rently on a ca­reer break are likely to re­turn to work in the fu­ture. Ad­dress­ing this sit­u­a­tion could in­crease fe­male earn­ings by £1.1bn, and the in­creased spend­ing power could mean gains of £1.7bn for the UK econ­omy.

That’s why she launched The Re­turn Hub, a search firm con­nect­ing com­pa­nies with women in fi­nan­cial ser­vices who want to re­turn to work.

“There is a huge, un­tapped re­source of skilled women who have left their ca­reers, of­ten to raise fam­i­lies, and now want to re­turn to the work­force,” says Moss. “These ‘re­turn­ers’ bring the ben­e­fit of fresh skills and per­spec­tive. Busi­nesses would reap the re­wards if they spent more time look­ing into this tal­ent pool.”

Ju­lianne Miles, co-founder of Women Re­turn­ers, who en­able women to get back into work with a team of coaches and a ‘re­turner’ net­work, agrees. “The UK is lead­ing the way when it comes to help­ing women re-en­ter the work­place,” she says. “There were three pro­grammes in 2014, nine in 2015, and 23 in 2016.” But, Miles also stresses that women “don’t have to join a scheme; the more women that put them­selves out there, the more or­gan­i­sa­tions will be re­cep­tive to re­turn­ers”.

So how can women join the re­turner revo­lu­tion? “Your net­work of for­mer col­leagues will be in­valu­able,” Miles points out. And Moss rec­om­mends up­dat­ing your CV (“Char­ity work, in­for­mal con­sult­ing for friends’ busi­nesses, or­gan­is­ing school events all show you’re a go-get­ter”) and get­ting up to speed on your in­dus­try (“Read blogs and rel­e­vant pub­li­ca­tions, so you can talk con­fi­dently about your sec­tor”). And fi­nally? “Don’t apol­o­gise for tak­ing time out. You’ve ac­quired skills and ma­tu­rity out­side the of­fice. They are gold dust for em­ploy­ers.”

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