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Going back to work : a survival guide for comeback moms
Quigley, Mary W., 1949-
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2004]

Physical Description:
x, 292 pages ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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HQ759.48 .Q54 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
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Essential information and strategies for recharging a career or starting a new one.The most comprehensive resource for any woman thinking about taking the plunge back into the workforce.Women who left their careers to raise children-whether just for the toddler years or until the nest is empty-face economic and emotional challenges when deciding to go back to work. Going Back to Work is a rich trove of data and ideas to ease what can be a tough transition. Quigley and Kaufman have zeroed in on strategies that succeeded for women who have gone back to work, and frame the key questions involved in making the decision. Inside this book, you'll learn how to: - Explain that big gap on the resume - Understand that there may be no "perfect moment" to go back and why - Recharge an abandoned career or start anew - Find work with flexibility - Face family challenges when mommy's role changes - Say no to a new boss - Negotiate everything from salary to flextimeBased on a national survey of 1,000 women and dozens of personal interviews, Going Back to Work is the ultimate coping guide to gearing up your career.

Author Notes

Mary Quigley is the author of numerous articles for national magazines, including Good Housekeeping and Newsday . She is a journalism professor at New York University and lives in New York. Lorretta E. Kaufman has written dozens or articles for publications such as Money and Good Housekeeping , and was the New York correspondent for Live magazine for three years. She lives in Los Angeles.Together, Quigley and Kaufman are the authors of And What Do You Do? When Women Choose to Stay Home

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Booklist Review

Quigley and Kaufman follow up on their earlier book, And What Do You Do? When Women Choose to Stay Home0 (2000), with a look at women choosing to reenter the job market after their children are in school or have left the nest. The authors interviewed hundreds of women and learned that their number-one concern on returning to jobs or careers is flexibility. But they note an array of other issues: the higher expectations and demands of the marketplace; the unlikelihood of returning to the same job or even the same profession; the need to keep skills sharp and stay on top of current trends. The authors advise women to keep a notebook to articulate their desires and motivations for returning to work and to develop a step-by-step strategy, including volunteerism, job sharing, part-time work, returning to school, and starting a business. Interviews with women in the process of returning to work offer insights into everything from child care to personal insecurities to finances. A practical and informative resource. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Many parents are torn, wanting to be hands-on, full-time parents but also feeling ambivalent about leaving interesting, financially lucrative careers. This handbook, by freelance journalists Quigley and Kaufman, focuses on those mothers who are returning to the workplace after time spent away: networking to find a position, negotiating salary and other benefits, starting a business from home and more. In a casual tone, the authors draw upon their own experiences as well as on those of other mothers who were interviewed or contributed anecdotes to the authors' Web site. While many of these career topics are discussed in other books, this volume offers a fresh perspective in several areas; sections on changing careers and using volunteer jobs as a way of getting a new position are particularly insightful. Furthermore, the solutions are realistic. For example, regarding reliable child care, the authors discuss the advantages of having a family member (sibling, spouse or grandmother) available for child care or emergency care. This is a solid guide that should appeal to mothers who can't or don't want to return to their previous careers. Agent, John Wright. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved