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Back to Work: A Guide for Women Returners
ASIN: 1858351596
By Diana Wolfin and Susan Foreman
Review by: Asha G

5/15/04

If you are a woman, and have been out of the job market for any length of time, and are contemplating returning to the workforce, this is the book you have been looking for. It takes you through the many phases of this process– making the decision to get back to work, choosing the right area, the job search and the many elements that comprise getting that job – writing a winning resume, cover letter and finally the interview.

The book arose from many courses conducted by the authors at the University of Westminster for women wishing to return to work in order to upgrade their skills, and more importantly, to provide them confidence. It is very easy to lose confidence even after a small career break. Especially in these times, the work world is changing rapidly. Imagine approaching it when you are faced with scores of youngsters fresh out of college, who have no life experience, but all the right computer skills. This book makes you feel that you can convert the time spent during your career break, even if it was looking after your elderly bedridden grandmother, into an asset by looking at the skills acquired by you during that period and reworking your resume to reflect that.

The book presents many case studies and has an excellent appendix which discusses your rights as a woman returning to work and also your responsibilities towards other women (household help) who help you in this process. A very valuable list of organizations is listed at the end. My only regret is that the book is very U.K based. Thus someone living outside of the U.K can get general hints and then will have to modify those to fit her own situation. Unless, of course, other similar books get written applying to other countries.



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