HOW TO GET A RETURNSHIP
Overall, a returnship seems like a worthwhile experience—if you can get one. Carol Fishman Cohen of re-entry firm iRelaunch says there are hundreds
(or in some cases, more than 1,000) applicants for about 20 to 25 spots in each of the more-established Wall Street programs. At PayPal, 900 people applied for nine spots. Yikes.
Still, there are things you can do to increase your chances:
• Fill skill gaps with a good training program.
•“Get feedback on your resume and cover letter from someone you trust to be kind but also truthful,” says Tami Forman of re-entry nonprofit Path Forward.
• Network as much as you can. “Even with returnships, having a personal connection into the company can be very helpful,” says Forman.
• “Read relevant journals, periodicals and books, and follow experts in your particular field,” says Cohen.
•“Make clear you were voluntarily out of the workforce to accommodate caregiving,” says Forman.
• List freelance work, community service and any training programs on your resume—and be specific about how it translates into the needs of the
business to beef up your application.
• Believe in yourself. “If you’ve taken time off, you are in a different place than you were when you were in your career before,” says Addie Swartz of job-placement firm ReacHIRE. “But if you’re smart, you’re always smart. The question is how to redeploy your talents.”